On Saturday, September 24th in Knoxville, Tennessee lots of volunteers from every walk of life gathered at the National Guard Armory to assist our homeless veterans with medical, legal, educational, and clothing needs. What an amazing outpouring of support and so fitting for the wonderful people who live in East Tennessee!
For many years, this event has been providing a clothing issue for men, but not women. In recent years, the Women Veterans of America (WVA) were represented by Chapter 44 who brought clothing, shoes, toiletries, a few coats, and lot of enthusiastic volunteers in support of our Women Veterans. If you would like to help with this effort in the future, please email TNjunebug@gmail.com to be connected to the WVA coordinator.
This year, the Ideal Sisterhood Coffee Club provided purses filled with toiletries and personal care items for the Women Veterans – we hope they will find it in their hearts to continue this effort for future Stand Down events, because these purses were a huge hit!
Many organizations from our community were in attendance and ready to provide expert assistance and advice – giving attendees the opportunity to take action and take that all-important first step toward the life they desire.
The Stand Down includes breakfast and lunch.
The first half of the day is dedicated to providing medical, educational, social, and legal services – the second half of the day is all about the clothing issue. The Veterans look forward to every Stand Down event and our community has been very generous with the clothing items.
One of the most popular stations is the legal group, where Veterans can get help with filing their will, getting their records expunged, talk with a public defender, and more.
For more information on Operation Stand Down, please check out www.osdtn.org.
For information on joining the Knoxville chapter of Women Veterans of America (WVA), please contact Jessica King at TNjunebug@gmail.com.
For information on joining Ideal Sisterhood, please check out www.IdealSisterhood.com