La Porte “Military Veteran Stand Down” event planned for Aug. 7

 

Local military veterans are invited to attend a “Stand Down” event set for noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 at the La Porte County Fairgrounds, 2581 State Rd. 2, La Porte.

Stand Down is a concept that was created during the Vietnam War. It was time away from the battlefield when soldiers could rest from combat and take care of personal hygiene, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, and enjoy the camaraderie of battle buddies in a safe environment.

The upcoming Stand Down event “is to help veterans and their families who are experiencing financial obstacles. For some, it is a time to receive a warm meal and clothing. For others, it is a life-changing event,” said Jill Powers, veterans program manager.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Stand Down will be held as a drive-through event.

“There will be two ways for veterans to enter the event. The most preferable option is for veterans to remain in their vehicles and drive through. Veterans will have access to most of the services as in past Stand Downs, but from the comfort and safety of their vehicles,” Powers said. There will be a pedestrian service tent available for those who are not able to access the event by driving through.

“Upon arrival, a volunteer will check you in, you will proceed through the event in your vehicle and stop at stations to pick up the various items that will be available. If you are a pedestrian, volunteers will assist you to access the giveaways. As in the past, we provide free items such as survival backpacks, hygiene kits, some clothing items, and a free meal To-Go.  Please bring a DD214 or a Military ID,” Powers said.

Veterans are asked to pre-register for this event if possible at https://forms.gle/62Lt4ikU6GUCZKzZ9

At right is a QR, or “Quick Response,” code for use at the event.

Powers said that, instead of having the vendor fair, local agencies and businesses are being asked to provide information for the veteran resource folders. Those wishing to volunteer or make a donation may contact Jill Powers at JPowers@Goodwill-NI.org or (574) 400-5487.

Community partners include WorkOne of Northwest Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Indiana Whiskey, Indiana Legal Services, Inc – Military Assistance Project (MAP), Center for Hospice Care, Humana, Wise Company, Red Cross, and The Country Caterers.

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