All Veterans Stand Down is Friday, Saturday at Nevada County Fairgrounds
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What: All Veterans Stand Down
Where: Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11410 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley
When: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday
Some veterans might think this week’s All Veterans Stand Down isn’t for them.
The Stand Down is for men, women, those who fought in battle and those who never saw a day of combat.
As one Stand Down board member put it, if you’ve worn the uniform, then this event is for you.
“Come out,” said William Buck, retired Army chief warrant officer and All Veterans Stand Down board member. “You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
This year’s All Veterans Stand Down is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, in the Sugar Pine Lodge area, 11410 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley.
There’s no cost to attend.
Several organizations will attend this year’s event, connecting veterans with the services they need.
Both days start at 8:30 a.m. with a free breakfast. Veterans can start browsing the numerous service provider booths starting at 10 a.m., Buck said.
“Veterans have a huge pride factor,” he added. “A lot of veterans will not ask for help, unless it’s a fellow veteran. And even then, there’s a lot of pride and it’s tough.”
Many service providers are veterans themselves. Buck said the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion will have a presence. Other groups will provide flu and pneumonia shots, free consultations with a chiropractor and free haircuts.
One group, Wags and Warriors, helps provide service dog training for veterans. A veterinarian also will be at the Stand Down.
“Everything is free,” Buck said. “There will be free clothing and free hygiene items for veterans and their families.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re homeless,” he added later. “It doesn’t matter if you’re not. This event still applies to you.”
To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4239.
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