Stand-down helps veterans while educating community

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 veteranflagBy Kaellen Hessel

Veterans don’t automatically have all their needs taken care of through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Rosy Macias, board member of Serving our Veterans at Home, has run into that misconception from both community members and organizations throughout town. The annual Mid-Willamette Valley Veterans Stand-Down, which took place Wednesday, was meant to combat that myth while connecting veterans to resources and services.

More than 400 attendees — include 233 veterans — came out for the 7th annual event sponsored by Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency and Serving our Veterans at Home.

It featured free military surplus gear, hair cuts, dental care, pet care, bike repairs and medical care. Almost 50 organizations offering counseling, medical, dental, housing, employment and benefit services turned out for the event.

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