Los Angeles is hosting what is being billed as the largest "Stand Down" for homeless and hard-luck military veterans to ever take place in the country.
The three-day relief effort got underway Saturday at the Los Angeles Convention Center and brings together dozens of government agencies, nonprofits and volunteers to provide veterans with a variety of health and social services.
As many as 2,000 homeless area veterans are expected to participate in the event, which was organized by Los Angeles-based U.S. Vets, the nation's largest nonprofit devoted to homeless and at-risk veterans.
President Obama and Los Angeles Mayor
A large coalition of volunteers, nonprofits and government agencies will provide food, clothing, healthcare, legal services, sobriety support groups, showers, haircuts and overnight accomodations during the annual event.