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Thanksgiving day Pirate Mike & I walked to central hub of commerce in downtown Santa Cruz to set up the VFP flag and info center. We stopped at the war memorial, set up shop, chalked, and dialogued with people passing by. Santa Cruz has a massive homeless community, with many of them veterans of various wars over the last 50 years. Although there is a veterans services (pictured below) it has been closed for aprox 3 years for structural renovation... The building sits empty while dozens of homeless vets sleep under bridges or in any nook away from prying eyes or the police. Just like any city SC has a "shelter" off the beaten path and far from the central business dist.