HENLAWSON, W.Va. — With the aim of connecting homeless veterans to the programs and services to which they are entitled, the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 308 in Henlawson, in concert with Veterans Affairs in Huntington, the American Red Cross, Workforce W.Va., PRIDE, Volunteers of America and community supporters will hold a homeless veterans stand-down Sept. 30 through Oct 2, 2016.
The event will take place at the Freewill Baptist Association Church Camp located at 870 Low Gap Road in the Harts area of Logan County.
During the event, homeless veterans will be given a place to sleep as well as much-needed food and clothing. Also, veterans will have access to health screenings and assistance with housing, employment and substance abuse counseling.
A press release from the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 308 says, “The purpose of a stand-down is to provide a safe retreat for homeless veterans to take care of personal hygiene, enjoy warm meals, receive clothing, enjoy the company of other Veterans and have access to local resources. Stand-downs afford veterans the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being. These stand-downs are successful because it brings services and local resources to one location making them more accessible to homeless veterans.”
Veterans and volunteers from the Henlawson Veterans Center are still looking for some of the goods and services that will be needed at the stand down.
The group is searching out sheets, blankets and pillows, as well as sports equipment like baseballs, bats and gloves. Fishing poles and tackle are also needed.
A barber and a dentist are also being sought for the event.
Anyone who would like to learn more about the event or volunteer their time at the stand down can call 304-752-2110.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]