Saturday’s Veteran Stand Down helps veterans access services

Lassen County Behavioral Health, Lassen County Veterans Service Office and the American Legion are creating a space for local veterans to access various resources all in one location during a Lassen County Veteran Stand Down held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

What is a Stand Down?
According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, “In times of war exhausted combat units requiring time to reset and recover were removed from the battlefields to a place of relative security and safety. At secure base camp areas troops were able to take care of personal hygiene get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care mail and receive letters and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. Today, Stand Down refers to a grassroots, community based intervention program designed to help the nation’s estimated 107,000 homeless veterans on any given night ‘combat’ life on the streets.”

For more information, call Lassen County Behavioral Health at (530) 251-8106 or the Lassen County Veterans Service Office at (530) 251-8192.