They’ve served for our country but some veterans may have fallen on hard times when returning home, but Saturday a fair was held to help veterans get back on their feet.
Thousands of veterans return home every year and could use help setting up a life outside of the military whether its finding a job, buying a house, or finding the right medical coverage.
That’s what the Veteran Stand Down Saturday at OVMC was all about. Joe Douglas of the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program helped organize the Stand Down which was the first kind of event aimed at helping veterans in the Ohio Valley find jobs, housing and healthcare.
“What we’re looking to do is to find the population that’s out there and make sure that they get the needs met that they have. We have been able to coordinate with several agencies who have come together and are willing to work with us to help make this event a success,” said Douglas.
Representatives from the VA Clinic in Pittsburgh and Belmont County to help veterans enroll in their health programs. There were also agencies at the Stand Down focused on homeless veterans and sleeping bags, blankets, and clothing were also given out.
There were similar events in the past to the Veteran Stand Down but today’s event was the largest in Valley since the 1990’s.