Area organizations are coming together this week to offer free resources to Howard County veterans.
On Nov. 7 from 10 to 2 p.m., the annual Howard County Stand Down will be held at UAW Local 685, located at 925 E. Hoffer St. The event will offer a variety of services, from job assistance and VA benefits to food and clothing.
“Each year we try to grow and get more services providers to come and really expand, and a stand down isn’t just to serve the homeless veteran population anymore. It’s really for any veteran or military member,” said Angie Ciski, director of Jackson Street Commons and event organizer.
Dozens of booths will be set up inside the hall to provide resources and assistance with VA and state benefits, employment, financial assistance, education, housing, mental health, addictions, healthcare, and more.
“It’s a great resource fair, and it’s a great chance for veterans who don’t know about what all is out there for them and to become more educated and to learn more about all of the VA resources out there,” said Ciski.
There also will be free haircuts, free flu shots, and free lunch provided by Hawg Heaven. The event is open to all veterans, military, and family members.