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VETERANS STAND DOWN CELEBRATES THE FAMILY

May 7, 2016 @ 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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VETERANS STAND DOWN CELEBRATES THE FAMILY
The Veterans Stand Down has been assisting veterans with housing, services, food and clothing for the last 23 years. The tradition continues on as the 2016 North Idaho Stand Down is set for May 7th from 8-2 pm. It will again be held at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and is open to all veterans and their families.
The mission of the Stand Down is to help homeless veterans connect with services needed to improve their present living situation. Since every veteran needing assistance is not always homeless the event strives to help those with specific needs, which sometimes means providing assistance to the family. The rationale behind this effort is that if you help even one family member you are still helping the veteran. The Veterans Stand Down now provides activities for children of all ages. There are games and activities all geared for the families and children. One exciting addition for this year is Equine Therapy provided by Blue Moon Therapy, which will give kids and their parents a chance to ride and interact with horses. This new emphasis of helping the family continues even after the Stand Down. Funds donated from the event are used to assist families throughout the year.
Veterans Stand Down Chair, Eric Swanbeck, tells of one such family that was able to get assistance from the Stand Down this past year and made a big impact on their lives. The husband was out of work and struggling with mental health issues related to his deployment. The wife works for a local health care provider, but due to her husband’s loss of work her income alone must support their three children. Their only need was assistance with the utility bill, but with the help of the Veterans Stand Down and other veteran organizations their utility bill was paid, he found full time work and got enrolled in the new wellness program through WITH Performance. The Stand Down sees many veterans throughout the year with similar needs and strives to help each and every one.
The next Stand Down is only a few months away and community partners are always needed to help with the event. If you want to participate as a service provider, volunteer or make a donation please call Eric Swanbeck, Stand Down Chair, at 208-664-3095, extension 314.

Organizer

St Vincent de Paul
Phone:
208-664-3095
Website:
http://www.stvincentdepaulcda.org/

Venue

Kootenai County Fair Grounds
4056 N. Government Way
Couer D'Alene, ID 83815 United States
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Phone:
208-765-4969
Website:
http://www.northidahofair.com/

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