The Fairfield County Veterans’ Service Commission is gearing up to host a “Stand Down” for homeless veterans.
The event is open to all homeless people or people at risk of becoming homeless in the county, but the stand down specifically targets veterans who are struggling to get by.
Veterans like Randy Chapman who served in the Vietnam war but ended up homeless with his wife back in November when their move to North Carolina fell through.
“It’s a scary thing. It really is,” Chapman said.
He was able to find help for his family through the Veterans Service Commission in Fairfield County.
Angel Anderson, a spokesperson from the commission shared that they serve about 400 homeless residents each year.
The Commission is teaming up with Lutheran Services to provide meals, haircuts, clothes and toiletries. Attendees can also take advantage of medical screenings, legal aide, education and work resources all for free.
“They’ve gone out, they’ve fought, they have protected they served and for us not to be here to help them, it’s an atrocity to me,” Anderson shared.
She says “stand downs” were once used to describe the time when soldiers returned from patrols or missions and would come back to camp to regroup and get refreshed with showers, supplies, and food.
There are already five stand downs that happen throughout Ohio, including Columbus, but this will be the first stand down for Fairfield County.
The event is Friday May 22, 10a.m.-3p.m at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in the AAA building.
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