Lincoln County’s first Veterans Stand Down will take place Wednesday, January 28, from noon to 4 p.m. at the American Legion post at 424 West Olive Street, Newport. The event is a collaboration between Legion Post 116, the Oregon Employment Department, Lincoln County Veterans Services and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
Since 2002, Stand Downs have been held in communities across the United States to connect veterans of the armed forces with a variety of services. The initial event was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. Stand Downs afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being.
The Lincoln County event will include many service providers including the Veterans Administration medical van and the Vet Center Mobile Unit. A hot meal will be available along with free haircuts. Tangible goods will be offered including boots, socks, camp gear and tools. Lincoln County Transit will offer free service to the nearest bus stop.
While this event is designed to honor the service of all veterans, organizers said they hope to see veterans who are homeless or in an unstable or substandard housing situation to attend. All those who attend will be asked to take part in a confidential housing survey. The organizers said they hope that better documenting the housing challenges facing local veterans can help bring more resources to community in the future.
“These are men and women who answered our country’s call and were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice” said County Commissioner Bill Hall. “I’m glad we’re coming together to give something back to them