Anchorage Daily News | Stand Down this weekend

Anchorage Daily News Stand Down this weekend

Stand Down this weekend


Daily News staff

(Published: August 12, 2004)



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The 12th annual Veteran's Stand Down will be Friday and Saturday at Camp Carroll on Fort Richardson.

Stand Down is for veterans in need of support and includes information, activities and free food. Free clothing will be issued, service providers will be on hand to offer assistance and there will be a talking circle Friday evening.

"We're able to assist veterans with information on housing, providing clothing, food, job training, shelter, legal help, counseling, Social Security, potential employment and many other worthwhile things," said Charlie Huggins, this year's chairman.

All veterans and their families and friends are invited to this event.

A valid VA identification card is required for bus transportation. Drivers must have proof of insurance, driver's license and current tags; You can ride a shuttle bus from the Northway Mall or enter by vehicle via the Fort Richardson gate, off the Glenn Highway, in the vicinity of Arctic Valley and follow signs.

Sponsors include the Departments of Defense Veterans Affairs, the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska National Guard, Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Salvation Army and many others. Stand Down is a drug-free, alcohol-free event. For more information, call 428-6031.

Here's the schedule:

FRIDAY

8 a.m.-4:45 p.m., registration; service providers on hand to assist veterans

8-9 a.m., continental breakfast

11 a.m., opening ceremony

11:30-12:30 a.m., lunch

2-4:30 p.m., clothing issue

5 p.m., retreat ceremony

6 p.m., eagle release

6:30-7:30 p.m., dinner

8 p.m., last bus of the day departs

8 p.m., Talking Circle

SATURDAY

8 a.m.-11 a.m., registration; service providers on hand to assist veterans

8-10 a.m., SOS breakfast for all veterans and volunteers

9-11 a.m., clothing issue, noon, last bus of the day departs.