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Saturday’s Veteran Stand Down event stands up to the winter

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Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 9:51 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Community volunteers and veterans gathered Saturday for the annual Veteran Stand Down event that took place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts building at Pioneer Park.

Veterans received hot meals, food grab bags, and Social Security benefits counseling. Assistance for health care and health information referrals, clothing, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling were also provided.

Typically this is a weekend long event, but COVID-19 parameters limited the event to one day. Live music was provided along with socially distanced conversations with booth volunteers. Some military affiliated volunteer booths included: The Steven A. Cohen Military Family at Alaska Behavioral Health, Fairbanks Rescue Mission, American Legion Arctic Post #9, and Supportive Services for Veteran Families.

Director Niko Thompson, a volunteer from Supportive Services for Veteran Families, shared his personal past and current experience on the significance of the event. “For me, personally, being a vet and coming to this event as a veteran before, I think it’s very important because it provides clothing for veterans, it provides housing, and it’s kind of like a one stop shop where veterans get to come to a place and get all the support that they need.”

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