WARSAW — Goodwill will host a military stand down from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Center Lake Pavilion, 119 E. Canal St., Warsaw. Disabled Veterans National Foundation will give away clothing, shoes, blankets, care kits and more at the event.
During the Vietnam War, a stand down was a time away from the battlefield when soldiers could rest from combat and take care of personal hygiene, eat warm meals, receive medical and dental care and enjoy the camaraderie of battle buddies in a safe environment.
Today a stand down refers to a community-based intervention event that integrates, at one site and at one time, many resources and services that homeless or at-risk veteran and military families may need.
Goodwill has organized employment and housing opportunities, information pertaining to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, health care, dental care, free personal care items, free clothing, care kits, backpacks, transportation to and from the event, legal assistance, free dinner and more. To receive these benefits please bring a DD214, veteran ID or a military ID. Families are welcome to attend also.