As we approach Memorial Day weekend, plans of barbecues and the unofficial kickoff to summer fill our minds. While the vast majority of us are enjoying a three-day weekend with family and friends, it’s important to remember why we are enjoying this extra day off. It’s thanks to the countless personal sacrifices of those who choose to serve our country and the families who bravely support them.
On Sunday, May 12, veterans and their families are welcomed to an event designed just for them as a way for our communities to thank them for their actions and sacrifice.
The 25th annual North Idaho Veterans Stand Down will run from 8am to 1pm at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. This event is free and open to all family and service members with a DD214, VA or Military ID.
Created by St. Vincent de Paul to service Idaho’s five northern counties and Eastern Washington, the Veterans Stand Down is a place for vets and their families to engage with veteran community resources. Those in attendance are treated to free breakfast and lunch as well as services such as dental and veterinary care, haircuts, bike repair and attorney services. There will also be several regional employers hosting a job fair and accepting applications as well as conducting interviews on site.
The Stand Down goal is to reach veterans who are homeless or at risk of being homeless as well as all veterans and their families. Through the work of volunteers and local organizations, this oneday event provides veterans and their families invaluable information and resources.
For additional information, find North Idaho Veterans Stand Down on Facebook or contact Eric Swanbeck, veteran services coordinator at St. Vincent de Paul, at 208.664.3095 or firstname.lastname@example.org.