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Dinolfo, Veterans Outreach Center, to host Veterans Stand Down

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Veterans Outreach Center (VOC) Director Laura Stradley announced the annual Veterans Stand Down on Wednesday, March 7th in conjunction with the federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other local service providers.

“Here in Monroe County, we believe it is our distinct honor and solemn responsibility to give back to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our great nation,” said Dinolfo. “It is especially important that we are able to connect with veterans who may feel like they’ve fallen through the cracks so we can offer them the support services they’ve earned and deserve. I encourage all interested veterans to join us at Stand Down and I thank the VA and our many local partners for helping to make this meaningful event possible.”

The one-day event will connect homeless or at-risk veterans with essential services in areas like housing, health care, legal assistance, food sources and more. Almost 40 local service providers will be on-site to address the needs of veterans, including Monroe County’s Veterans Service Agency and Department of Human Services, the VOC, the VA, Legal Assistance of WNY, Warrior Salute/CDS Monarch, the Salvation Army, and more.

"The term stand down was originally used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations,” said Stradley. “We use that phrase today because we're providing a safe place for homeless veterans to find assistance, services, and perhaps some respite from the challenges they face in everyday life. Veterans Outreach Center is honored to work collaboratively with so many organizations to make this event possible, include the Monroe County Veterans Service Agency and the VA. Stand Down will be a great opportunity to come together as a community and to embrace the men and women who once sacrificed so much for our way of life."

The event will be held on Wednesday, March 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Harro East Ballroom, 155 North Chestnut Street. Free transportation is available to veterans by contacting the Monroe County Veterans Service Agency at 753-6040. Veterans are encouraged to bring their DD 214 (military discharge papers). Over 200 local veterans were served at the 2017 Stand Down.