- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) - A group that helps Rhode Island veterans find housing and employment and connects them with health care services is preparing for its annual three-day outreach weekend.

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island is holding an opening ceremony Friday at Diamond Hill State Park in Cumberland.

The group sets up an encampment for at-risk and homeless veterans where they can stay the weekend and access health and dental care, employment services, housing assistance and clothing. District Court and Traffic Tribunal officials will also help veterans who are dealing with legal issues or traffic violations.

This is the 21st year Operation Stand Down has held the event. More than 400 veterans have attended in recent years.

Free meals are provided.

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