Northbay Stand Down Set for October 17 – 19, 2017

North Bay Operation Hand Up is hosting the annual North Bay Stand Down on October 17, 18, and 19, 2017 at the Dixon Fairgrounds in Dixon. The focus of the three-day event is on Veterans in need of help, especially those who are homeless or at-risk in our communities.
The sixteenth annual event will include local community, County, and Veterans Administrations benefits, services, and resources for returning Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom Veterans, families of those still serving overseas, the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country, and homeless veterans who served their country honorably.
As in past years, the success of this event depends largely on the willingness of those in the community to serve as volunteers or donate cash to the cause.
hanks to the generous donation of time, goods and money from the communities of Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties, the North Bay Stand Down has been a resounding success over the last fifteen years, serving over 2,700 veterans and 300+ family members.
Veterans, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ statistics, comprise approximately 30% of the homeless population of the United States and our community. The adversities of homelessness include lack of safe shelter, unemployment, physical and emotional disabilities, substance abuse and hopelessness. For many Veterans, these adversities create a self-generating cycle, which leads to complete isolation from mainstream American society.
The Stand Down has assisted many Veterans in our communities to get back on track in their lives. Whether our Veterans served in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, or any other military action, during war or peacetime, we have set out to bring them back home. More than just a three-day encampment, the North Bay Stand Down represents our community saying, “Welcome home!” to our Veterans.
Please join the effort from October 16 (set up day) through the 20th (tear down day) in giving our Veterans “A hand up – not a hand out.”
For information, Veteran registration, or to volunteer, please see our website: www.nbstanddown.org or call the Solano County Veterans Service Office at (707) 784-6590 or Jeff Jewell, North Bay Stand Down Director at (707) 446-3582. For more information, please e-mail Pat Sheehan at p_sheehan@att.net.
 

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