Stand Down provides veterans with medical, dental help and more

On Friday, April 20, veteran organizations, medical personnel, social service representatives and community leaders will hold a “Stand Down” event to provide services for homeless veterans.

Organizers have reached out to homeless veterans in 10 counties: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Iredell, Lincoln, McDowell, Watauga and Wilkes. At least 250 veterans are expected to attend, and plans for transportation to the event are under way.

The event, at the Fairgrounds in Hickory, will provide:

Homeless veterans and veterans group volunteers pose for a picture during a fundraiser for the Foothills Stand Down.
  •  breakfast and lunch
  • healthcare screenings
  • dental and vision services
  • podiatry
  • nutrition and health education
  • social services
  • mental health/substance abuse services
  • clothing
  • sleeping bags, toiletries, boots and other military surplus items  

The Red Cross has provided logistical support and volunteers for the event through the Service to Armed Forces program.

To get involved:  

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