OAKHURST — The nonprofit Caring Veterans of America, Inc. invites all veterans and their families to a two-day stand down event at the Oakhurst Community Center on Friday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The upbeat days offer friendship, free food, military gear, haircuts and entertainment. Organizers also plan to have benefit advisers on hand to provide guidance for any veteran in terms of veterans administration registration, health care and claims.
Employment and resource information will be available, also. Veterans should bring their Military Identification or DD214 Form. Veterans must be present on both days to receive free gear.
Caring Vets believe a lot of veterans aren’t getting the services they need or that they’re not going in to get the services they need. At a Stand Down, things are relaxed and veterans may feel more comfortable seeking assistance from fellow veterans.
The term “stand down” is used in the military to refer to a time when spent combat units require and are allotted time to rest and recover from battle, in a safe and secure environment. In the case of the Coarsegold Stand Down, and others like it across the nation, the words apply to community-based programs meant to help homeless and at-risk veterans get the supplies and services needed to survive stateside.
For more information contact Stand Down coordinator Brandon Murray at (559) 676-8463 or Assistant Commander and Treasurer Bob Binder at (559) 709-4497.
The Oakhurst Community Center is located at 39800 Fresno Flats Road in Oakhurst.