By: Special to the Daily News
September 19, 2013
Kentucky Path and Major George Gibson Chapters, NSDAR volunteered in a Veteran Stand Down held Sept. 14 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Sharon Harrell, Kentucky Path Chapter, and Agnes Marcum, Major George Gibson Chapter, distributed T-shirts, knit caps made by chapter members, fleece throw blankets that were purchased with gift cards, donated by Doug Napier, manager of the Middlesboro Walmart; and tote bags donated by J.M. Marketing. The chapters also appreciate the generosity of their many friends who contributed yarn to make the caps. One hundred twenty homeless veterans benefited from these contributions.
Stand Downs, under the auspices of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ to provide services to homeless veterans, are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as health care, housing, employment, and substance use treatment.
According to the VA, Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies serving the homeless. One such agency participating Saturday was the Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corp (RAM). Myra Richardson, Kentucky Path member, regularly volunteers her services as an optician with RAM. On Saturday, about 100 pairs of glasses were made.
Nationally, NSDAR members volunteer more than 250,000 hours each year to assist Veterans. Through their volunteer work, NSDAR members show veterans how much their service, sacrifice, and commitment to the preservation of our freedom is deeply appreciated.