Honoring their service, veterans attend Stand Down fair in Rapid City

RAPID CITY, SD—Honoring those who serve is seen in a variety of ways. One way is the Stand Down fair that provides veterans with resources ranging from legal aid to a haircut.

Tuesday, Nov. 5th the Dept. of Veterans Affairs partnered with community organizations to host a fair at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center with a variety of services for those who gave the ultimate service.

Goodwill of the Great Plains provided a hot meal for guests while the American Legion provided hats, gloves and plastic sleeping mats.

“We have a home, we have food everyday and we have heat and to see how much just a cap, a scarf and gloves means to someone- its very overwhelming,” says Melanie Martens, Secretary/Treasurer for the American Legion Auxiliary Post 22.

Veterans are even able to find housing resources, receive flu shots and HIV screening. In the past, 200-250 veterans and their families have attended and are provided with resources of all kinds. For those who are homeless, the event provides even more. There is shelter, food and personal care.

The event took place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the civic center.



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