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Event for veterans Saturday

first_imgLANCASTER – Veterans will be treated Saturday to a variety of services and programs geared to help those who are having difficulty coping with everyday societal or health problems. The veterans Stand Down will be held at Grace Chapel, 44648 15th St. West, just south of Lancaster Boulevard. Doors will open for registration at 7:30 a.m. and close at 5:15 p.m. Originally designed for homeless veterans, the Stand Downs are now open to all veterans and their families. This is the second one this year. The event – its name comes from a military term for sending combat troops away from the front lines to a safe place for rest and recuperation – will help veterans who have special needs – those who are homeless, who are able and willing to work but can’t find jobs, or who have health problems and no insurance. A band called The Baby Boomers will provide musical entertainment and there will be game tables for fun and camaraderie with fellow vets or volunteers. The Highland High School Junior ROTC will conduct the opening and closing ceremonies. Organizers said the Stand Downs got a financial boost this month from the state government, which may allow future events to be held over a weekend rather than just one day each. Co-chairman Tom Craft said the state will provide $1,000 per day to assist with expenses. “With this kind of support,” said Chairman Steve Baker, “we can start planning a three-day Stand Down later in the year. Many people have been asking about that.” The money was granted through the auspices of state Sen. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, and Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, and the hard work of Chris Burns, Ashburn’s chief of staff, said Craft. Burns, former chief of staff for the late state Sen. William “Pete” Knight, is well aware of the Antelope Valley’s service for veterans, said Craft. “He is no stranger to our efforts. He was in on all the work that Pete did and worked closely with him,” Craft said. Bettie Rencoret may be contacted at (661) 943-2998.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHelping vets to become independent and live under normal conditions is the goal. As in the past, professionals are volunteering their expertise to provide health, clothing, legal, mental, chiropratic, foot care and social services. Dentists will offer full dental care on site, barber/beauticians will cut and style hair and there will be drug and alcohol abuse counseling. Three meals will be served: breakfast at 8 a.m., lunch at noon and a sack dinner handout at 5 p.m. The meals are provided by the Lancaster West Rotary Club. Judges will help to clear up legal problems; assistance in getting Department of Motor Vehicles identification cards will be available; and items of clothing will be distributed. last_img read more