- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) - A group that connects Rhode Island veterans with housing and other social services has accepted a $100,000 grant to expand its efforts to help those who are unemployed find work.

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island says the Wal-Mart Foundation grant will be used to expand its employment services center.

State Rep. Eileen Naughton also gave the organization a $2,500 legislative grant to help fund its annual outreach event in Cumberland. It was held over the weekend.

The group sets up a military-style encampment at Diamond Hill State Park where at-risk and homeless veterans can stay and get housing and employment assistance and medical, dental and mental health services.

Organizers said Tuesday a record 450 veterans attended. This was the 21st year Operation Stand Down has held the event.

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