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Valley homeless and at-risk veterans received everything from haircuts to homes today at the state fairgrounds today as Mayor Stanton and Governor Brewer joined valley groups marking the end of chronic homelessness among Phoenix veterans.

"I was on the streets at one time and I now have a place going to college again," said Bob Adair.

Bob Adair is a Vietnam War veteran and one of hundreds of valley homeless or at-risk veterans getting help at the fairgrounds Saturday during the 13th annual Arizona Standdown event.

"Once you're out there it's hard, especially at my age to crawl all the way back up and start again," said Adair.

More than 70 valley agencies were on hand providing clothing, food, medical services, and providing pet needs.

"this includes everything from a fully operating municipal and superior court system fully operational motor vehicle division office right down to road testability," said Brad Bridwell, a coordinator for the event.

Bidwell is the event coordinator at Arizona Standdown, he says like others who are homeless veterans become homeless because their family and social networks have diminished over time.

"Often times its due to things going on in their live which may be mental health conditions and or substance abuse issues," said Bridwell.

This is the 2nd of a 3 day event at the Coliseum. On Saturday morning there was a line of at-risk and homeless vets lined up before the doors opened at 8 a.m. but organizers say there was a line wrapped around the building on Friday until about 1 p.m., they served 1,400 veterans in just one day.

"Oh this is great so many people are getting help by this," said Bridwell.

Phoenix's Mayor Greg Stanton and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer were also on hand to mark the end of chronic homelessness among Phoenix veterans. In December Phoenix became the first U.S. city to put a roof over the heads of more than 200 chronically homeless vets.

"It's just invaluable all the things happening for all the veterans here," said Adair.

Half a dozen businesses were also at the fairgrounds as part of Mayor Stanton's initiative to match veterans with valley job employers.

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