Stand Down event for veterans offers essential services

The 22nd annual Southern Oregon Stand Down for veterans in need will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in White City.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the baseball field at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility, 8495 Crater Lake Highway.

In military parlance, a stand down is a time of rest and recovery for exhausted combat units. Although the stand down has been trimmed to a one-day event, it will offer assistance to down-and-out veterans, organizers say.

Services being offered include VA medical and mental health screenings, VA drug and alcohol counseling, women veterans counseling and assistance, a homeless court and legal tent, employment and vocational counseling, housing assistance, help with VA and Social Security claims, IRS assistance, clothing and haircuts, according to event coordinator Bob Huff, 70, an Army combat veteran.

"Our main goal at Southern Oregon Stand Down is to help the homeless, disadvantaged and needy veterans who are often forgotten about today," Huff wrote on the Southern Oregon Stand Down website.

"We wish to improve their lives through established programs from the local community, county, state and federal agencies," he added.

To donate or volunteer for the event, call Huff at 541-826-4916 or 541-601-9283. His email address is

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