CHICAGO (WBBM Newsradio) — As many as two dozen military veterans say they will spend the night camping out in the South Loop to raise awareness — and money — for veterans who are homeless.

They will be outdoors until Saturday morning.

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That’s the plan for the 5th annual 24-Hour Homeless Veteran Sleepout. These veterans who have homes are showing their support for their comrades who do not.

Karen Hernandez (Steve Miller/WBBM)

“We’re experiencing what they experience, only for one day,” Karen Hernandez tells WBBM’s Steve Miller.

The 28-year-old Army captain is one of those sleeping out in a sculpture garden at 11th and Wabash.

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She says homeless veterans she’s talked to feel like the system has failed them.

“Once you’re out of the service, it’s kind of like, OK, thank you for your service — see you later,” she says.

“That’s something everybody loves to say. ‘Thank you for your service.’ But in what ways are you really thanking a veteran?”

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There are reportedly more than 1,000 Illinois veterans who are homeless.