WENATCHEE — Military veterans are invited to the Wenatchee Veterans Stand Down from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wenatchee National Guard Armory, 1230 Fifth St., next to Wenatchee Valley College.
All kinds of military clothing, backpacks, sleeping bags, hats and boots will be there for the picking by veterans of any U.S. military service and their dependents. In addition to truckloads of military gear, there will be dentists, doctors, counselors, a barber and advisors on tax issues, Social Security, housing, employment, substance abuse programs and other veteran benefits. Veterans must register at the event to collect the free goods and services. Local veterans groups and Boy Scout troops will assist.
“This is about veterans working to help other veterans,” said Tom Northam, a retired U.S. Navy commander and Leavenworth resident. Northam, commander of VFW Post 10445 in Cashmere, will lead local scouts in a presentation of colors to start the event. He expects the event to draw up to 2,000 veterans and family members.
This is the third year a Stand Down has been held in the Wenatchee area. About 30,000 veterans live in North Central Washington, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, one of the event’s sponsors along with local veteran groups.
The first Stand Down was organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam veterans in San Diego.
Rick Steigmeyer: 664-7151