Stand Down offering resources to vets and families

PORT ORCHARD — Stand Down, an event open in Kitsap County to veterans and their families, will take place Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Ave. in Bremerton.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free services for male and female veterans and their families that will be available include dental screening, Veterans Assistance, housing, employment, education, counseling and more, according to event organizers.

Qualifying vets and their families may also receive free clothing, sleeping bags, groceries and personal hygiene items.

Agencies providing services at the Stand Down include the Department of Veterans Affairs, Olympic College, veteran service organizations, Kitsap Legal Services, Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, Abraham House, Asset Building Coalition, Housing Solutions Center, WorkSource, Department of Social and Health Services, Red Cross, Kitsap Community Resources and Kitsap Transit.

The event is open to Kitsap County veterans and their families only. Veterans are asked to provide their DD214, military retiree ID or VA card. Unaccompanied family members must bring a DD214 and proof of relationship. Those who are active duty transitioning out of the military or retiring by the end of 2017 are encouraged to attend and gather information and resources to assist in their transition to civilian life and make it as seamless as possible.

For information, contact the Kitsap County Veterans Assistance program coordinator Andrew Sargent at 360-337-4811 or email asargent@co.kitsap.wa.us.

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