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Stand down event to benefit veterans


Community helps veterans get access to health services

In war, exhausted soldiers who need a brief moment to rest and recoup are advised to “stand down” and retreat from the combat field to a safer and more secure place.

In the same sense, the Salvation Army and community groups have come together to host a daylong “stand down” event in Troutdale to help veterans get access to the health services they need.

Veterans’ Stand Down will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at The Chapel, 27132 S.E. Stark St. in Troutdale.

Kim Pettina, spokeswoman for the Salvation Army, said veterans are not always aware of the resources available to them.

“Stand downs are designed to provide these resources in a central location for these honorable veterans to access at once,” she said. The event also aims to improve the lives of homeless veterans, of which there are 107,000 in our country.

At this month’s event, counselors will meet with veterans about their benefits, and veterans have the opportunity to get free health screenings and vouchers for haircuts, provided by Mt. Hood Community College.

Citizens and local businesses and agencies supporting the event will distribute items to help improve veterans’ daily living.

Pick-up will be provided for veterans who need a ride to the event.

The first pick-up is at 9:30 a.m. at the Gresham Transit Center and 9 a.m. in Rhododendron at 73265 E. Highway 26.

The Salvation Army has a long history of service to veterans, including the Veterans and Family Shelter in Portland and the Homefront War Relief Program, which offers emergency financial assistance to dependents of deployed military personnel or returning veterans who have suffered a hardship as result of deployment.