LA CROSSE, WI -

There are many veterans in our area in need of helping hand.

But figuring out what services are available to them can be a challenge.

That's why the Tomah VA hosted its Veteran Stand Down event at the American Legion post in La Crosse on Thursday.

It's an opportunity for veterans to come and learn about the different resources the VA and other community providers have to offer.

It focuses on eliminating homelessness but also provides veterans with flu shots and some much needed clothing for the cold winter months ahead.

Vietnam veteran Gary Althoff was at the event for the first time and said it's helpful for many vets to have an event where all the services are represented.

He said he's impressed by the number of agencies working on behalf of veterans.

"I was amazed when I came in here. I couldn't believe the number of tables, the number of organizations that are here to help the veterans. It makes a person proud and appreciative of what they're doing," said Althoff.

About 100 volunteers came out to make the event possible.

This is the 15th year for the Stand Down.

The Tomah VA said the Stand Down typically assists 150 to 170 homeless veterans.