DIXON — Local veterans and the community will gather once again at the Dixon Fairgrounds to give needy veterans and their families a hand up.
This year’s North Bay Stand Down will take place Oct. 15-17. Organizers say that in these uncertain times, it is more relevant than ever.
“Veterans are returning from Iraq, Afghanistan and other actions throughout the world, and we are prepared to provide assistance to them at this year’s Stand Down, as well as helping families of those who remain in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries,” said Pat Stasio, co-chairman for North Bay Operation Hand-Up, which runs the Stand Down.
This is the 12th year that the Stand Down has taken place, with organizers using the credo that what the area’s veterans need is “a hand up, not a hand out,” according to Stasio.
“We are looking at having pretty close to the number of veterans that we had last year, which was about 300,” Stasio said.
The three-day encampment annually offers seminars, benefit information, medical exams, legal assistance, employment help, housing programs, food and other support to veterans and their families.
Volunteers will start gathering Oct. 14 to set up the encampment and will work through Oct. 18, when they take the encampment apart.
For more information, to register as a veteran or to volunteer, go to the organization’s website at www.nbstanddown.org or call the Solano County Veteran Services Office at 784-6590.
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