All Veterans Stand Down set for Oct. 7-8
In 1988, a community intervention “Stand Down” was established by Dr. Jon Nachison, Robert Van Keuren and Vietnam Veterans of San Diego. The original Stand Down was founded on the need to connect distressed or homeless veterans to meaningful services and connect them tightly to their community in an environment that mirrored the safety of a move from the battlefield. The idea was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations, where troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. A Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being.
Nevada County will be hosting the 2016 All Veterans Stand Down at the Nevada County Fairgrounds from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 7 and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 8. Gold Country Stage is offering “Free Fare Days” to those who take public transportation. Route 3 stops at the fairgrounds Brighton Street and McCourtney Road every hour. Transportation from Truckee will be provided to the event on Oct. 8 by the North Tahoe Truckee Transport program operated by the Town of Truckee. To a schedule a ride from Truckee to the event call 530-550-7451 by Oct. 5.
There will be free breakfasts and lunches served both days. A myriad of services will be provided such as medical and dental services, home health care, information on financial assistance and judicial consultation. Local volunteers and providers give their own time and services to come support our veterans and say “thank you” for their sacrifice and service to our country.
For more information or to request that your name be added to the special transportation list from/to North San Juan, contact Kevin Edwards (Veteran Service Officer) at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-265-1446.
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