Veterans Stand Down set for today

WHEELING — The Veterans Stand Down in Wheeling will hold its fifth-annual event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at West Virginia Northern Community College.

Veterans attending the event can look forward to free haircuts and free military surplus, door prizes and lunch. Veterans and their families can visit with other helpful resource agencies as well during the event.

Stand downs were used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for troops allowing them to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment.

The stand down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being. Stand downs throughout the country today and especially in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia have the goal of achieving those same objectives.

Organizers say the program is successful because it brings these services to one location, making them more accessible to our veterans and their families.

“I want to thank you for the Veterans Stand Down that I was able to attend last year,” said Jerry Monk, a veteran. “It was very nice to feel connected to other veterans, and feel like somebody cares. I really appreciated the haircut I got and I know a lot of other veterans did as well. The lunch was amazing and the surplus was also very much appreciated. I will definitely be attending the next Veterans’ Stand Down in the hopes to connect with other veterans seeking services.”

For details about the event, check out the group’s Facebook page or call (304) 233-6300.