Veterans Stand Down draws 1,500 person crowd

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 11, 2014 at 9:11 AM

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho—More than 1,500 veterans and their families received free services at the Veterans Stand Down Saturday in Coeur d’Alene.

Veterans traveled from across the Pacific Northwest to attend the stand down from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kootenai Co. Fairgrounds. It was the biggest turnout event organizers had ever seen.  

More than 50 providers worked to connect veterans with services, ranging from housing to signing-up for health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Doctors, mental health professionals, and other experts provided free-exams. 

“It’s been very handy,” said Army Veteran Gregory Bacon. “Especially when you’re in the process of finding a new place.”

Another veteran from said he was grateful for the services.

“I was able to go to the hospital here in town, and through the VA being paid for,” said Jo Pomarico. “That’s a blessing right there.”

Volunteers also ate free food and received bags of clothing, donated by the Department of Defense Surplus Program.

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