AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Few veterans imagine a homecoming without a home, but about 1 out of every 168 American veterans are homeless, according to a study by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The VA reports more than 75 thousand homeless veterans nationwide, and in Maine, about one thousand.
On Saturday, about 100 of them were at the Togus VA Hosptial in Augusta, where they could find resources to get them back on their feet.
There were new shoes and socks, clothes, hot meals and hair cuts, along with career couseling, legal, and medical services at the 15th annaul Homeless Veterans Stand Down event.
"It's a national shame, frankly, that so many veterans serve their country admirably, honorably, and come home and end up homeless after a long period of time," said Maine VA Director Ryan Lilly. "So we're committed to stopping that."
Last year, about 65 homeless veterans took part in the Stand Down program. This year, VA officials report 94.
A slowly recovering economy and unemployment rate bring young veterans like 27-year-old Thomas Blake to Togus for the first time.
"Going to Iraq and Afghanistan, it's tough coming back and getting readjusted and getting back on your feet," said Blake.
"The jobs in Maine, they're just so tough to get," he said.
Stand Down organizers say they're starting to see more homeless veterans that are young, and female.
The event at Togus is part of a nationwide Stand Down event with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The VA has made a goal of ending veteran homelessness in five years.