The 10th annual Veterans Stand Down will happen from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at Schutte Park, 10 Electric Ave., Dover.
Stand downs are events for veterans who need assistance, some of whom are homeless. The Stand Down is one of the annual projects carried out by the Veterans Awareness Center Foundation in Greenwood, a 501(c)(3) created by Liz Byers-Jiron, her husband Bill, and their daughter Mindy.
More than 100 presenters provided basic services, information on benefits, clothing, housing, toiletry kits, a hot meal, barbers, dentists, a mobile medical van, flu shots, behavioral health, suicide prevention, legal advice and services from the motor vehicle department in 2017.
Local musicians added an upbeat atmosphere and were well received, said Byers-Jiron.
Her team of about 35 volunteers work for six months before each event. Contributors and volunteers from businesses, government, nonprofit organizations and others from across the state come together each year to help veterans in need of a friendly hand up.
“We encourage veterans to come out and avail themselves of what we have to offer and ask folks to spread the word. They deserve no less for their dedicated service. We truly appreciate the efforts of Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen and his staff in facilitating this important event,” said Byers-Jiron.
More than 1,100 attended last year's stand down at Shutte Park. Retired Gen. Frank Vavala, Delaware’s former adjutant general, provided opening remarks and will return again this year along with Dave Skocik of the Delaware Veterans Coalition.
For more information, display posters, or to contribute, offer goods or services or volunteer, call 349-4898 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.