3rd Annual Veterans Stand Down

Posted on September 10, 2012. Filed under: Volunteering is Hot! |

Service men and women in the United States offer themselves up to serve our county and keep all of us safe.  Together with their families they sacrifice so many things to ensure we continue to enjoy the freedoms we have.  A veteran’s homecoming can be a joyous occasion.  However, once the welcome home party is over and friends and family retreat to their own lives, veterans often struggle with reintegration into life as a civilian. Feelings of isolation and anger can strain their relationships with spouses, family members and friends. Help is available from Veterans Administration (VA), but many feel disenfranchised from the government and therefore, do not seek help.

On Saturday, September 28th, Serving our Veterans at Home (SOVAH), the Salem Vet Center and Community Action Agency are hosting the 3rd annual Veterans Stand Down.  This is an event to help those in need navigate the services and benefits available to them.  It is also an opportunity for veterans and their families to connect with one another, receive a hot meal, access medical and dental care and so much more.   This year’s event will be at First Free Methodist Church in Salem.  Doors will open at 10:00 and close at 7:00 pm.

Volunteers are very much needed for this important event.  Positions vary from greeting guest at the door to serving meals to working in the military surplus area.  Volunteers are needed in 2 shifts, 9:30-3:00 and 3:00-7:00.  We also have set up and clean up duties available.  Join us for one or multiple shifts.  Any and all interested volunteers can sign up at HandsOnW.org.  Let’s serve those who have served us.

Melissa Gibler is the program manager for HandsOn Willamette —a program of Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency. She can be reached at (877) 372-4141, or melissa.gibler@mwvcaa.org

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