Event brings together community to support veterans
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Reporter: Alexis Fernandez
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Hundreds of veterans took part in the annual 'Veterans Celebration Day Event,' hosted by the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System.
"It's nice to see this turnout, to see all these people so involved with veterans because there was a time when veterans weren't treated to well,"
Jay Cook, a U.S. Navy veteran was one of hundreds of veterans who attended the event.
He credits the VA for helping him get off the streets and stop drinking.
"Veterans are out there and they need our help, they all need our help whether they're disabled or not, to serve in the military especially in combat can be very traumatic," Cook said.
The event featured live music, games, and fun for the entire family. But it was also about informing veterans of the services that are available.
More than fifty organizations were on hand to help with things like benefits and employment.
Jose Dominguez, an Air Force veteran, says he was looking for help to get off the street.
"There doing everything they can to help us, but it takes a lot of movement, people talking about us," Dominguez said.
But most importantly, it was about letting those who have served our country know that their community supports them.
The Veterans Day Parade will take place on Monday in Downtown Tucson, beginning at 10:30 a.m.