Veterans from all across Northern California are flocking to the Monterey County Fairgrounds today to take advantage of a variety of free services offered every other year at the Stand Down.
Veterans on Friday, June 17 received medical examinations, as well as dental and optical examinations. Several colleges, veterans housing groups, support groups, and treatment services were represented are booths to help individuals who needed it or wished to further their education. After X-rays and an evaluation, on-site dental work was performed.
Ophthalmologists were on hand to conduct eye exams and provide spectacles to those who needed them. A huge range of garments were available, spread out across tables for people to select what they needed; linens were also available.
Monterey County’s two-day stand down takes place every other year (the 2020 event was canceled) and is considered one of the largest in the country because of the breadth of the services provided, VTC Executive Director Kurt Schake told the Weekly.
The event continues until 6pm today and runs place from 8am-6pm tomorrow, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey.