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Stand Down serves homeless veterans

Gold Country Chaplaincy organizing second annual event
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The organizers behind the second-annual Placer County Veteran Stand Down know they don't have the reach or resources to assist all local active-duty military and homeless veterans.

But last year, they served 241 veterans and this year they hope to assist even more at the event, which runs Tuesday, Sept. 18 through Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville.

"We know that we're not going to help everybody," Chaplain Terry Morgan said in a news release. "But to those few that we can, we will give them the help they need."

The organizer, Gold Country Chaplaincy, seeks volunteers and donations for the event, which provides a variety of services such as free haircuts, dental and medical assistance, and mental health resources.

The national grassroots, community-based intervention program takes its name from a military term during wartime when battle-weary soldiers get time to rest and recover. At secure base camps, troops take care of personal hygiene, eat warm meals and enjoy camaraderie with their peers in a safe environment.

Stand Down is a time when soldiers can renew their spirit, health and well-being, according to organizers.

During a resolution presentation at a recent Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Jack Duran praised the event. His mother and father are veterans of the U.S. Air Force.

"We're always very thankful that you've taken the time to organize the Stand Down in our county," Duran said.

~ Sena Christian

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Placer County Veteran Stand Down

What: All veterans and their families are welcome to attend. Hot meals and sleeping quarters will be provided.

When: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20

Where: Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All American City Blvd. in Roseville

Cost: Free

Info: For more information, call (916) 259-1001 or visit www.placercountystanddown-org.doodlekit.com