Free services offered to veterans this weekend

Free services offered to veterans this weekend

YAKIMA, Wash. – The 18th annual “Stand Down” is October 21, in which veterans and their families will be offered over 80 free services such as help finding a job, free haircuts, VA healthcare help, dental services, post-traumatic stress counseling and more.

David Brown with the Yakima County Veterans Program said they host this event every year to give back to those who have served for us.

"The intent is to get as many folks that can help veterans with different services in one place so veterans can come and they can learn about almost anything or receive services in a multiple of different areas," he said.

Brown said there are about 16,000 veterans in Yakima County and they hope to help as many as they can.

He said they usually see about 700 come out to these events but he hopes for even more this year.

One local veteran Dawn Campbell said she and her husband have gone the past three years and she is excited to go on Saturday.

"Instead of veterans having to run around to this place, that place or any other place, it has everything all together at one place, plus extras which makes it really nice,” she said.

Campbell said she appreciates all the services donating their time to help people like her and her husband out.

"I’m so thankful for the community and them supporting of us veterans,” she said. “It seems like they show there is so much caring there.”

Brown said the event wouldn't be possible without volunteers and the services donating their time.

"So we have to really as a community work together to make sure our veterans don’t get left out," he said.

The event is Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at State Fair Park in the Modern Living Building.

It is free to all veterans and their immediate family members but you have to show proof of military service by bringing a copy of military discharge papers.

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