Veterans’ ‘Stand Down’ Set For Nov. 17

Reminiscent of safe-havens for soldiers in the Vietnam War, the first southern tier Veterans “Stand Down” will be held on Friday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Herman Kent American Legion Post 777, 26 Jackson Ave., West Ellicott.

The Stand Down will link and provide veterans services and program information at one location.

The event will connect homeless and veterans at risk of being homeless with information and services including immediate housing, legal advice and services, Veterans Administration health care and other veterans’ benefits information, education and employment opportunities, free haircuts, social and family services and more. Often times, veterans do not realize they are at risk of being homeless if they live paycheck to paycheck. Veterans attending should bring their DD-214 discharge papers or military identification.

“We are very excited to bring the Stand Down to the Southern Tier for the first time,” said Kristen Weese, VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans program manager. “Bringing providers from the community and Veterans Affairs together in one place for the Stand Down will be a great opportunity for Veterans who may be looking for additional assistance or resources.”

A hot lunch will be provided by Chautauqua Opportunities Dwyer Program. Community partners sponsoring this event include VA Western New York Healthcare System, The Veterans One-stop Center of Western New York, VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program.

For more information call 220-4868 or email VeteranStandDown@yahoo.com.

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