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Nevada County, organizations offer Veterans Day activities, programs

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What: Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Where: Grass Valley Veteran’s Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn Street

When: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11

Back in May, Nevada County solemnly commemorated Memorial Day, a remembrance of those veterans who gave their lives in the line of duty. This week, the county celebrates the living.

According to the California Department of Veterans Affairs, nearly 11 percent of Nevada County’s residents served in the United States armed forces.

However, the state of California is home to 26 percent of America’s homeless veterans, according to a 2009 congressional report titled “Veteran Homelessness.” As of 2012, there were roughly 60 homeless veterans here in Nevada County.

But according to CalVets and the California Association of County Veterans Service Officers only an estimated 20 percent of the 1.8 million veterans in California are currently collecting the benefits they’ve earned.

This year, those organizations have partnered to launch a new campaign called “If you served, you earned.” Veterans and their families interested in finding out more about the program, and accessing veteran’s benefits, an call 1-844-737-8838.

Tuesday morning, American Legion Post 130 will be hosting a commemorative ceremony at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Memorial Building Auditorium with veteran speakers, and a traditional honor guard. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 10 a.m.

Norm Dodson, a veteran of the Vietnam war, will deliver the keynote speech.

Tuesday morning’s celebration will also include a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly installed seating, hosted by the Center for the Arts.

Boy Scout Troop 855 will be providing a picnic lunch afterward, with a suggested donation of $5.

The Dragonfly Yoga Studio, at 17328 Penn Valley Drive, also offers a free Yoga for Vets class every Monday at 4:45 p.m.

To contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher, email or call 530-477-4230.

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