“Stand Down” provides critical resources to veterans
In September, 250 veterans and families enjoyed a day of free medical and dental checkups, food, clothing and other critical resources. It was all part of the 10th annual “Veterans Stand Down” that helped assist those in need.
Ralanda Whitaker crocheted hats and also provided hoodies. She represented the American Legion Post 497 Ladies Auxiliary. This is her third year of setting up a table at Stand Down.
“I have family members who served in the military,” says Ralanda. “It means so much to me to be able to support these men and women.”
Veterans also received housing, legal, medical and social services. Eye exams were conducted by the Indiana University School of Optometry and volunteers were on hand from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. Louise Loyd, on the HVAF of Indiana board of directors, and called “The Sock Lady,” handed out socks to veterans. Veterans walked away with bags of free items including bus passes.
Stand Down was sponsored by HVAF, AMVETS Post 99, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League, Roudebush V.A. Medical Center, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Women Marines Association.