Veterans Village of San Diego holds clothing drive ahead of “Stand Down” event

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diegans came together Friday to help out the local military veterans in need.

A clothing drive was put on by the Veterans Village of San Diego.

It was all to help get ready for the big "Stand Down for Homeless Veterans" event next month.

Veterans Village of San Diego held the drive ahead of the "Stand Down" event that will take place the weekend of July 22.

Clothes for men, women, children and babies, as well as toiletries, will be distributed to San Diego veterans in need.

Veronica Negrete knows all about that need.

"I thank God I’m here and that they’re here," she said.

The Army veteran fell on hard times after getting out of the military years ago.

She’s now in the substance abuse recovery program at the Veterans Village, but is at the clothing drive helping out.

"I’m going through the program. I’ve been here for 4 months now … I’m glad to be here. I’m glad to give back and I’m doing well too myself," Negrete said.

Several volunteer groups were on the site helping to collect donations, including a group of marines.

Their captain said it’s a good lesson for all.

"I’ve done this transition before and it’s tough. Being in the military and going into civilian life.. It’s almost like moving to a different country," said Captain Timothy Dempsey of the U.S. Marine Corps at Quantico Virginia.

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