Vietnam Veterans of America Mohave County (Ariz.) Chapter 975 participated in the final Tri-State Veterans Stand Down last weekend. The Stand Down saw fewer attendees this year — a positive sign since it is held to help needy veterans.
Pat Farrell, president of the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council (JAVC), which stages the Stand Down, told the Mohave Valley Daily News that poor attendance means more veterans are getting their issues resolved.
Nonetheless, More than 50 organizations appeared at the Bullhead (Ariz.) Area Chamber of Commerce building to offer information on services ranging from housing to legal aid to job training. The Stand Down also offered hot meals and medical services such as hepatitis-C testing. “Anything a vet needs, we help them if we can,” said Chapter 975’s Dale Quinn.
JAVC plans to replace the Tri-State Veterans Stand Down with smaller resource fairs in Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City, Kingman and Parker to help veterans avoid homelessness and other issues. “I don’t want to see any vets homeless in this county [who don’t] want to be homeless,” he said.