WARSAW — Goodwill and Vets’ Community Connections will host the fourth annual Kosciusko Military Veteran Stand Down from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Ivy Tech Community College, Warsaw.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, changes have been made so veterans can participate while keeping people safe.
There will be two ways for veterans to enter the event. The most preferable option is for veterans to remain in their vehicles and drive through. Veterans will still have access to most of the services as in past stand downs, but from the comfort and safety of vehicles. There will be a pedestrian service tent available for those who are not able to access the event by driving through.
As in the past, veterans will be provided free items such as survival backpacks, hygiene kits, some clothing items and a free to-go meal.
A military stand down is a concept that was created during the Vietnam War. A stand down was time away from the battlefield when soldiers could rest from combat and take care of personal hygiene, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, and enjoy the camaraderie of battle buddies in a safe environment. Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health, and overall sense of well-being.
The goal of the event is to help veterans and their families who are experiencing financial obstacles.
Contact Jill Powers at (574) 400-5487 with questions or for further information.