Huron County’s more than 2,600 veterans are welcome to attend a Veterans Stand Down event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at Wilcox Community Center.
The event helps homeless veterans or those at risk of homelessness. Surplus military clothing, shoes and sleeping gear will be provided for veterans in need. It’s also an opportunity to learn about care and benefits.
“We will have a barber for haircuts, a food pantry, cold weather gear, a healthcare eligibility specialist, clinical social workers, Veterans Justice Program staff, legal aid staff, and several community agencies will be represented,” Stephanie Young, associate director at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw, told the Tribune in an email.
She said the VA is well aware of common variables that cause someone to lose their immediate dwelling, “and in most cases, we can assist them and prevent them from becoming homeless.”
The event also is geared toward veterans with low income, says Stephen Young, the county’s director of veterans affairs.
“I don’t know of a stand down event like this in a small city,” Young said, adding that events are usually put on in bigger cities like Flint and Detroit. “An event like this has never happened since I’ve been here. I’m really excited.”
Young, an Iraq veteran who joined the Huron County Veteran’s Council in 2007, said it’s a chance to show other local veterans he’s here and the services they can get.
“I hope it becomes a tradition,” he said of the event.
According to most recent data, at the end of 2014, there were 2,639 veterans living in Huron County.
Veterans are not required to bring ID for most services or materials and supplies.
Wilcox Community Center is located at 650 Whitelam St.
Veterans can always go to the Huron County Veterans’ Affairs Office, which is located on the first floor of the County Building, 250 E. Huron Ave. The office’s number is 989-269-8911.