The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is holding its first ever “Stand Down” outreach event in Southeast Alaska, Friday and Saturday at Juneau’s Centennial Hall.
“Stand Down” events are designed to provide services to veterans, especially homeless vets and vets in need. The Juneau event will feature information about VA services, as well as thirteen local nonprofits and Native groups.
“Having VA staff and programs, and community programs, ultimately provides a better package for the veterans,” says Marcia Hoffman-DeVoe, a spokeswoman for the Alaska VA Healthcare System. “So that, we’re working with the agencies here in the community to do those transitions between what we can provide and what the community agency can provide.”
Hoffman-DeVoe says VA “Stand Down” events take place nationwide. Anchorage has hosted them for more than 25 years and Fairbanks for more than a decade. Barrow held the first one in rural Alaska last fall. She hopes the Southeast “Stand Down” will become a regular event.
“There are 77,000 veterans in the State of Alaska. I just checked the 2010 Census figures again, and Alaska continues to have the highest number of veterans per capita at 14 percent of our population. About 10 percent of those veterans live in Southeast Alaska,” Hoffman-DeVoe says.
Non-VA partners in the “Stand Down” event include the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, the Tlingit and Haida Central Council, Front Street Clinic and Southeast Senior Services.
In addition to health care and housing services, veterans who attend the event can get used clothing, blankets and sheets through the U.S. Defense Re-Utilization Office.
The event will be held Friday from to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Lunch will be provided.
For more information on the program, Hoffman-DeVoe will be on a Juneau Afternoon Thursday at 3 p.m. on KTOO.
- The City and Borough of Juneau Lands Committee will discuss a proposal to give Indian Point, also known as Auke Cape, back to the Auk'w Kwaan at its Oct. 23 meeting.
- Jeremie Shaun Tinney, 39, was sentenced to 220 days in prison and fined $3,000 for failing to stop for a peace officer, driving while intoxicated, and assault during the Dec. 3, 2016, incident.
- A lawsuit filed in federal court this week seeks to remove the residency requirement for people gathering signatures for state ballot initiatives.
- For the second time in two years, a Skagway political figure has been ordered to pay a fine for incomplete financial disclosures. Assembly hopeful Dan Henry failed to disclose substantial debt on his candidate paperwork. He will still be able to run for office in the upcoming election.