The ninth annual Veterans Stand Down will take place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at Dover’s Shutte Park, 10 Electric Ave.
Stand downs are events for veterans who need assistance, some of whom are homeless. It is one of the annual projects carried out by the Veterans Awareness Center Foundation in Greenwood, Del.
More than 114 presenters will provide basic services, information on benefits, clothing, housing, toiletry kits, a hot meal, and services from the Veterans Administration, barbers, dentists, a mobile medical van, flu shots, behavioral health, suicide prevention, legal advice and services from the motor vehicle department. A DJ will provide music.
“Our team works about six months putting each event together. We work with outstanding people in businesses, government, nonprofit organizations and individuals from across the state,” said Liz Byers-Jiron, who created the event with her husband and daughter. “We encourage veterans to come out and avail themselves of what we have to offer. They deserve no less for their dedicated service.”
More than 1,100 people attended last year's event at the Walter L. Fox American Legion Post No. 2, Dover.
Retired Gen. Frank Vavala, Delaware’s former adjutant general, will provide opening remarks.