Military Veteran Stand Down slated
La PORTE — Goodwill will hold a Military Veteran Stand Down on Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 2391 Ind. 2, La Porte.
During the Vietnam War a Stand Down was a time away from the battlefield when soldiers could rest from combat and take care of personal hygiene, eat warm meals, receive medical and dental care and enjoy the camaraderie of battle buddies in a safe environment.
Today a Stand Down refers to a community-based intervention event that integrates, at one site and at one time, many resources and services that homeless or at-risk veteran and military families may need.
Goodwill has organized employment and housing opportunities, information pertaining to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, health care, dental care, free personal care items, free clothing, care kits, backpacks, free dinner and more. To receive these benefits please bring a DD214 or a Military ID. Families are welcome to attend also.
WIMS-AM will hold a live broadcast from 1 to 3 p.m.
Transportation is offered by Reveille Transpo. Call Kelly Friend at (219) 440-2825 for stops available.
Community partners include: Covering Kids & Families of Healthy Communities, Healthy Communities of La Porte County, Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, Homeward Bound, La Porte Hospital, Robert L. Miller Sr. Veteran’s Center, Housing Opportunities, The Salvation Army, H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, IU South Bend, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, The VET Center, IDVA, US House of Representatives, La Porte County Public Library, Silver Birch of Michigan City, Home Team, A Hand Up, Stepping Stone Shelter for Women, Centier Bank, IU Health Rehabilitation, Communicare Families, Wilson’s Barber Shop, Michiana Health Information Network, Hancock Mortgage Partners, Veteran’s Administration, Haverstock Funeral Home, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, Real Services, Work One, Indiana Child Support Bureau, Heavy Equipment College of America, St Joseph County VA Clinic, American Red Cross, Veterans Changing Services, Visiting Nurses Association, NWI Veterans’ Action Council, La Porte County Veterans Service Officer, Disabled Veterans National Foundation and more.