StandDown connects needy veterans with services

first_imgWhat: 2013 Veterans Stand-Down.Where: Armed Forces Reserve Center, 15005 N.E. 65th St.When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.Shuttle: Leaves the Veterans Assistance Center, 1305 Columbia St., on the hour, starting at 8 a.m.; leaves WorkSource, 5411 E. Mill Plain Bvld., on the half-hour, starting at 8:30 a.m.Veterans in need will be able to find immediate assistance and access some long-term services Wednesday in the annual “stand-down.”The Clark County Veterans Assistance Center is organizing the event, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 15005 N.E. 65th St.Veterans and their family members can get meals and haircuts; pick up clothing, bedding and hygiene kits; and get health and dental screenings.Agency representatives will discuss long-term help, including Veterans Affairs personnel who can provide information on medical and education benefits.People from community-based organizations also will be available to discuss housing assistance, employment services and counseling.It will be the second year in a row the stand-down has been held at the Armed Forces Reserve Center just south of Fourth Plain Boulevard and Ward Road in Orchards.It’s a veteran-friendly setting, with a lot of young people in uniform who can put them at ease, said coordinator Joe Fettig, a volunteer at the Veterans Assistance Center.The stand-down served about 185 veterans last year. Organizers are hoping that better shuttle connections will increase the turnout to more than 200.Veterans’ identification is required for some stand-down benefits, particularly those involving the distribution of government-surplus property such as boots and clothing.Fettig said he knows that some veterans might trash-can all links to their military past. At one point following his own service in the Vietnam War, “I had no desire to talk to the VA,” Fettig said.last_img

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