'Stand Down' event for homeless veterans is Oct. 23 in Anchorage
The 23rd annual Stand Down for Veterans in Need will be held on Friday, October 23, at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, North Terminal. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
According to officials, “Stand Down is an annual program to provide ‘Veterans in Need’ with various types of assistance to include but not limited to medical, dental and vision screening, housing assistance, employment assistance, and financial assistance.”
“We’ll have more than 50 social service agencies, including federal organizations, State of Alaska, Municipality of Anchorage, and non-profit programs on hand to provide a ‘one stop for services’ day,” said Shawn Duthie, Chairperson for the 2015 Stand Down.
In addition, in-kind services such as haircuts will be available. A continental breakfast will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars, and lunch by the Salvation Army. Homeless veterans or those in danger of being homeless will be able to receive military surplus clothing to include jackets, gloves and shoes.
Princess Cruises buses will provide shuttle service from the Carrs Quality Center at the Northway Mall from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the VA Domiciliary located at 3001 C Street between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. In addition, parking at the North Terminal will be free for those who drive their own vehicles. People Mover Bus #7A serves the airport terminal for those choosing to use public transportation.
A brief opening ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. with emcee Forrest Powell, special recognition presentations, and a flag ceremony.
Monetary donations may be mailed to Stand Down, Inc. P.O. Box 92135, Anchorage, AK 99509.
Stand Down is a smoke, drug, and alcohol free event.
Stand Down, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization.