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‘Stand Down’ aids homeless veterans

Inaugural program runs through Thursday at Placer County Fairgrounds
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The inaugural Placer County Veterans Stand Down event runs through Thursday at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville.

The free community-based intervention program targets homeless veterans. A count conducted in January found 631 homeless people in Placer County. Of those, 63 are veterans — 30 are sheltered and in transition to permanent housing, and 33 are unsheltered.

The goal of the Stand Down event is to help homeless veterans get back on their feet.

“We like to see the miracles,” said event president Chaplain Terry Morgan, of Gold Country Chaplaincy.

Placer County Veterans Stand Down had a booth at the California State Fair this summer, he said, where they met a female veteran who struggled with substance abuse and homelessness until attending her first Stand Down event.

Since then, she entered a drug rehab program, had a part-time job and got her veteran's benefits straightened out.

During the three-day, volunteer-run event, veterans can access dental care, eye care and health care screenings for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, Hepatitis C and other diseases. They can get haircuts, massages, substance and mental health counseling, and referrals for housing services.

Veteran Affairs representatives are providing information on veteran’s benefits. Employment Development Department staff members are teaching resume writing and tips for finding a job.

Veterans who are not homeless are also welcome to attend.

“If nothing else come for the camaraderie and be a support for other veterans,” Morgan said.

~ Sena Christian

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Placer County Veterans Stand Down
When:
8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, Wednesday, Sept. 28 and Thursday, Sept. 29
Where: Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All America Blvd. in Roseville
Cost: Free
Info: Please bring DD-214. www.placercountyveteransstanddown.org