Locals say ‘thank you’ to veterans Nov. 3

Local volunteers and participating veteran, federal, state, local, and private service organizations, will hold their 13th annual StandDown, for northern Illinois veterans and their dependents Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at UAW Sub-Regional Hall, 112 N. 2nd St. in Rockford.

The StandDown Rockford organization has enlisted the help of area volunteers and local veterans to assist homeless veterans in various ways. Area businesses are donating food and refreshments. In addition, StandDown provides services such as medical, legal aid, job assistance, and a list of other tools to help Veterans and their families.

“It’s a chance for our community to say thank you to local vets and their families,” commented Rita Norman, chairman.

StandDown is open to all local northern Illinois veterans and their dependents in need. StandDown was born out of the realization that veterans comprise more than 30 percent of the homeless population in the community. The concept of StandDown comes from the military practice of removing exhausted combat troops from the front lines to a rear area of relative safety, where they would receive clean clothing, a warm, dry bed, hot meals, and fresh supplies before returning to the front lines. Let’s not forget those who have served us. Now it’s our turn to serve them.

“This could not have been done, year after year, without the tireless efforts of our volunteers and the generous support of the community,” said Lynn Berg, co-chairman. “We are excited for this year’s StandDown, and we anticipate a great turnout.”

Veterans will be provided a wide range of services and resources, including:

Three full meals as well as bagged “lunch to go”

Medical and health screenings for possible disability benefits

VA benefit information and reviews for possible discharge upgrades

Social Security information and applications

Employment opportunities through a job fair

Haircuts and clothing

Friendship, bonding, and camaraderie

For more information about donating items or to volunteer, contact: Rita Norman, chairman: (815) 962-1627 or Lynn Berg, co-chairman: lynndyberg@yahoo.com, 397-0961.

From the Oct. 25-31, 2006, issue

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