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Oct. 13, 2013
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
WHAT:  An event to provide homeless military veterans with assistance, services and community resources
 
WHEN:  Tuesday, Oct. 15, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
 
WHERE: the Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Dr. Charlotte, 28204
 
WHO:  Organizers expect 250 Charlotte-Mecklenburg area veterans to attend the 2013 Mecklenburg County Veterans Stand Down.
 
WHY:   Area veterans who participate in the Stand Down will receive breakfast and lunch, have an opportunity to use shower facilities, and receive medical, mental health and dental screenings from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Other services during the event include employment assistance, clothing distribution, and information about housing and applying for military benefits.
 
More than 80 service providers from local, state and federal agencies, County departments, nonprofits and community organizations will offer help and information to the veterans. Mecklenburg County Community Support Services (CSS) is the County’s lead agency for the event through its Homeless Support Services and Veterans Services divisions. Area sponsors and donors helped make the Stand Down possible with monetary, in-kind, and other donations and by volunteering their time.
 
According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, the concept of the Stand Down is adapted from a term used during the Vietnam War to describe the time spent in relaxation and renewal from combat operations. Advocates for homeless veterans use the term in their efforts to bring attention to the issue and offer possible solutions.

Media Contact Gary.Black@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov  704-336-3354 or James. Prosser@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov 704-336-3135
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