Veterans Stand Down

Myrtle Beach’s 6th Annual Veterans Stand Down will take place on Friday, Sept. 27 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the U.S. Army Reserve Center, located at 3392 Phillis Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. This year’s event is hosted by AARP South Carolina, Veteran’s Welcome Home and Resource Center, the Military Officers Association and Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s Myrtle Beach VA Outpatient Clinic and is supported by several other local Veteran service organizations.

Offerings at the event include: free dental and medical screenings, hot breakfast and hot lunch, clothing vouchers, non-perishable food items, haircuts, access to attorneys and addiction counselors, flu shots, free bus passes, housing assistance, women Veteran services, supportive services for Veterans and their families and more.

Post 111 will once again participate in this event. We need your support in manning the table throughout the day. Contact the office at 843-365-5669 and leave a message telling us what hours you will be able to help.

Assisting a Veteran
A VA employee assists a Veteran with applying for housing benefits during a past Stand Down event in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Photo by Meredith Hagen.

“The Myrtle Beach Veterans Stand Down embodies the spirit of our local community and each service providers’ effort to achieve our vision ‘Until there are Zero Homeless Veterans,’” said Scott Perez, Vocational Development Specialist at the Myrtle Beach VA Outpatient Clinic. Perez works throughout the year to serve as the liaison between the community and VA as they coordinate the annual event. He also orders, receives and stores surplus items from the Department of Defense – such as warm clothing, boots and backpacks – to redistribute to homeless Veterans at Stand Down. This year he procured more than 4,000 surplus items for this purpose.

“For those Veterans who are at-risk or experiencing homelessness, this is their event and this is their community saying ‘thank you for your service, now it is our privilege to serve you.’ The importance of this yearly event is that it keeps the homeless discussion going, it keeps us attentive and current to this vulnerable population’s health needs and above all, it allows us to stay true to President Lincoln by ‘Keeping the Promise,’” Perez said.

Much of this text was taken from the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Website and was written by Meredith A. Hagen, Lead Public Affairs Specialist, Friday, August 30, 2019

The complete article from the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center may be found here

 

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