Government Shutdown Threatens Homeless Veterans Event

Oct 11, 2013


NASHVILLE, TN (WMOT/WSMV) – Homeless Tennessee Veterans will get hot meals at this year’s Operation Stand event in spite of the government shutdown.

WSMV-TV reports that because of the shutdown, the Tennessee National Guard had to tell event organizers it wouldn’t be able to provide a large field kitchen to feed vets who show up for the event.

The annual Stand Down event, now in its 21st year, provides mid-state veterans in need with clothing, medical services, job services, and three hot meals each day.

When he learned the Tennessee Guard wouldn’t be able to attend, Tom Morales, owner of TomKats Catering, stepped in to lend the event a mobile kitchen that’s he uses to feed crews on movie sets.

This year's Operation Stand Down begins Friday, October 18, and will be held at the old Tennessee Preparatory School Gymnasium on Foster Avenue in Nashville.

You can learn more about the event here.