2017 North Idaho Veterans Stand Down

 In Veterans

A Day of Appreciation for Veterans and Their Families

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oeur d’Alene, Idaho, January 20, 2017– The 24th North Idaho Veterans Stand Down will be held on Saturday, May 13th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 North Government Way in Coeur d’Alene.  The event kicks off a program created by St. Vincent de Paul to assist veterans and their families in Eastern Washington and the five Northern Idaho counties with services throughout the year.

The original Stand Down for Veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat.  Today, Stand Down refers to a community-based intervention program to assist all veterans who are homeless or at risk of being homeless with information and services.  The North Idaho Veterans Stand Down also incorporates services for veterans’ dependents.  Veterans will have the opportunity to meet personally with VA healthcare and benefits representatives.  Organizations that provide medical, dental, counseling, housing, clothing, clothing repair, food assistance, haircuts, massages, and bike repair will be available.  A hot meal will be served to all attendees, volunteers, and service providers.  Employers with job openings will also be present.  Homeless veterans will be eligible to receive military surplus.

The Stand Down is a time for the community to connect with the homeless veteran population and address this crisis that affects every city and state in this country.  The “Hand Up Not a Handout” philosophy of the Stand Down is carried out through the work of volunteers and organizations in Northern Idaho.

To volunteer, request more information, or for veterans’ assistance, please contact Eric Swanbeck, Veteran Services Coordinator at St. Vincent de Paul, (208)664-3095 or email at eric@stvincentdepaulcda.org.

Sponsors of this year’s event:

American Legion Auxiliary #149, American Legion, Avista, Bellevue Health Care, Buck Knives, Cannon Hill, DAV, Dept. of Veteran Affairs, CDA Elks Lodge 1254, Food Services of America, Heritage Health, Kootenai County Fairgrounds, Idaho Forest Group, Knights of Columbus, LA Aluminum, Lake City Rental, Marine Corp League, Nickels Worth, Pepsico, Rathdrum Grange, Ragan Equipment, Red Hot Mamas, Ruby Frog Entertainment, St. Vincent de Paul, StandOut Promotion, Starbucks, SuperCut Band Saw, Tam’s Traveling Toilets, Texas Road House, U-Rent, USSVI Farragut Base, VFW Post 889, Waste Management, Eileen Bagan (Windsong Ranch), Charles & Carol Cardarelli, Maj. Bernard & Elizabeth Fox, Richard Wright, William & Susan Sturgeon

To volunteer, request more information, or for veterans’ assistance, please contact Eric Swanbeck, Veteran Services Coordinator at St. Vincent de Paul, (208)664-3095 or email ateric@stvincentdepaulcda.org.

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