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The Red Cross Hosts Stand Down to Support Veterans

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The Stand Down is a safe retreat for all veterans to receive support services

The American Red Cross Kern Chapter is partnering with the California Veterans Assistance Foundation (CVAF) for the 16th annual Kern County Veterans Stand Down. The event will take place Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Stramler Park, 3805 Chester Avenue, near Sam Lynn Ball Park. The gates are open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The community is encouraged to donate items and volunteer for this event.

The Stand Down is a safe retreat for all veterans to receive support services to renew their spirit, health, and overall sense of wellbeing. The program brings together multiple services into one location, making them more accessible to homeless veterans.

Services Provided:

Meals, clothing, veterans court, Social Security, VA benefits, housing assistance, legal assistance, comfort kits, medical assistance, employment assistance, human services, and hair cuts

Items Needed:

Non-perishable food items; clothing (gently used); new white t-shirts, socks, and underwear; monetary donations

Drop Off Locations:

American Red Cross Kern Chapter, 5035 Gilmore Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93308

California Veterans Assistance Foundation, 1400 Easton Drive, Suite 102, Bakersfield, CA 93309

Volunteer Opportunities:

Set up: Wednesday, October 8th

Day of the event: Thursday, October 9th

Clean up: Friday, October 10th

Sign up by email with Veronique Royer: veronique.royer@redcross.org

The Red Cross has a long tradition of assisting military families and veterans. Each year the Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. We support military families, military and veterans hospitals, and provide emergency communications across the globe.

The local Red Cross is able to assist military members and their families in Kern County thanks to the generosity of the community. Visit redcross.org/donate to see how you can contribute.