Veterans Stand Down scheduled for October 5

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The annual Smoky Mountains Veteran Stand Down event for Veterans in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties is scheduled for 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Macon County Community Facility Building, 1288 Georgia Rd., Franklin, NC, 28734. Veterans are urged to bring a VA ID card or their DD214 if they are able.

The Veteran stand down event, hosted by the Macon County Department of Veterans Services, provides a variety of information, services, and personal items to Veterans in need. The Smoky Mountains Stand Down will offer haircuts, military surplus gear, Division of Workforce Solutions NC Works Career Centers, Veterans Benefit Administration, local education services, legal services, housing support, medical and mental health services, Veterans Service Officers, support services for Veteran families, food and fellowship.

“The Veteran Stand Down is a very important event that can literally change the life of a veteran,” said Leigh Tabor, Director of Macon County Veterans Services. “In past events we have found housing, jobs, food and heating assistance for veterans in need, among many other resources. We have also been able to educate veterans about their VA benefits, helping them enroll in VA healthcare or file for VA benefits. The very first year we held the event we assisted a homeless veteran with permanent housing, clothing, dental care, and filed a claim for him, all the day of the Stand Down. His claim was later awarded and this veteran now has VA benefits coming in and has been able to maintain housing ever since. A true success story!”

For more information, contact Macon County Veteran Services at 349.2151.

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