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Citrus Heights ‘Stand Down’ to aid homeless veterans

Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 500 march in a Veteran's Parade in downtown Sacramento on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. The Citrus Height Veterans Stand Down is a public-private partnership supported by a variety of sponsors and service providers that have come together to assist veterans with various needs, including medical, mental health, suicide prevention, housing assistance, employment counseling, pet care and vaccinations, food and clothing.
Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 500 march in a Veteran's Parade in downtown Sacramento on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. The Citrus Height Veterans Stand Down is a public-private partnership supported by a variety of sponsors and service providers that have come together to assist veterans with various needs, including medical, mental health, suicide prevention, housing assistance, employment counseling, pet care and vaccinations, food and clothing. apayne@sacbee.com

Citrus Heights organizations will hold a Veterans Stand Down to help homeless and struggling veterans in the community obtain needed assistance and services.

The event, the first of its kind in Citrus Heights, will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 30 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 7817 Old Auburn Road. More than 150 veterans are expected to attend.

The Stand Down for homeless veterans is based on the “stand down” concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations.

The Citrus Heights Homeless Assistance Resource Team, or HART, will serve as host for the event, in cooperation with American Legion Post 637.

“Our focus is to bring together and make available as many services as possible, including housing, employment, medical, legal and food for people who have served our country,” Kathilynn Carpenter, HART chairwoman, said in a written statement.

The Citrus Height Veterans Stand Down is a public-private partnership supported by a variety of sponsors and service providers that have come together specifically to help veterans, she said. Nearly 20 service providers will be on hand to assist veterans with various needs, including medical, mental health, suicide prevention, housing assistance, employment counseling, pet care and vaccinations, food and clothing.

Citrus Heights HART is a nonprofit group formed to provide resources to help people who are homeless become independent and self sustaining, according to a new release.

For more information on the Citrus Heights Veterans Stand Down, contact Katherine Cooley, event chairwoman, with the city of Citrus Heights, at 916-727-4952, kcooley@citrusheights.net, or Paul Reyes, commander of American Legion Post 637, at 916-743-2008, paulreyes@surewest.net.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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