Stand Down event to help veterans up

Event seeks organizations wishing to assist; donations of “wish list” items

Staff report

* Wish list
* Register your organization to help
* Directions to National Guard Armory

Area military veterans in need of a helping hand will have access to just that next month through a one-day multi-agency event in Raeford.

Benjamin Thomas works for the Division of Workforce Solutions under the North Carolina Department of Commerce. It’s his job to help get veterans employed, and in some cases that begins by getting them the help they need to become more employable.

stand_downThe event is to “help them get back on their feet,” said Thomas, the local veterans employment representative for the three-county area. He’s based at 303 N. Main St. in Laurinburg.

The Tri-County Veterans Stand Down, which will serve Richmond, Scotland and Hoke counties, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at the National Guard Armory, 305 Teal Drive in Raeford. The program is intended for homeless veterans or veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless. Officials understand transportation could be an issue, so individuals needing a ride should call Richmond Area Transit at 910-895-1313.

The goal is to provide a welcoming place for veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. This is an opportunity to spend a day receiving care and information. Participants will have one-stop access to community resources, hot meals, medical, dental care, social activities, personal hygiene care, clothing, assistance for unemployed/underemployed veterans, to include assistance applying for military benefits.

Event organizers are seeking volunteers, partner agencies and sponsors for the event. In addition, a “wish list” of items they hope will be donated includes personal hygiene items for men and women, clothing and more.

For more information, call Tonia HIldreth, Richmond County Service Officer, 910-997-8232.

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