The veteran’s new start began Oct. 17, when he attended the 25th Annual Stand Down, a community-wide event in Colorado Springs to help veterans experiencing homelessness. Community volunteers provide winter gear – socks, coats, hats, gloves, boots – as well as financial, spiritual and logistical support. When funding for the transitional housing program, operated by Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, was in jeopardy this year, UCHealth and the Memorial Hospital Foundation stepped up to fill the financial need.