Veteran Stand Down
Local veteran outreach event
RAPID CITY, S.D. – About 1.5 million veterans live in poverty. That’s 7 percent of U.S. veterans. Every year, several organizations hold the “Veteran Stand Down” – an event that serves veterans.
“We have about 25 community agencies in attendance as well as about 14 VA departments,” said Jamison Hild, a Health Care for Homeless veterans coordinator. “So today is a one-stop-shop for veterans to come and get a bunch of services.”
The fair started Thursday with the national anthem, and veterans were front and center saluting. Men and women of all ages attended. Regardless of time served or time retired, it was clear that each vet still has pride for their country.
Vets also received free haircuts, flu shots and food. Goodwill had a table full of winter coats, boots and clothing. Hygiene products such as combs and facial tissue were also available.
Shawnee Redbear, a Marine Corps veteran, said, “It’s one thing to serve your country, but to come home and to feel like you’ve been forgotten – it’s a very disheartening feeling. I really appreciate the Black Hills and all the resources that came together to help these veterans.”