Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced today that the Ulster County Veteran Services Agency will host a Veterans “Stand Down” on Friday August 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will take place at Cantine Veterans Memorial Complex in Saugerties, rain or shine.
The Stand Down is an annual event exclusively for area veterans and their families, with the opportunity to connect with services and obtain veteran-related assistance. Over 30 service providers will be on hand to acquaint veterans with services and benefits, with a particular focus on homeless veteran intervention and prevention. In addition to service providers, federal, state and county agencies will be on hand to assist veterans and their families, particularly concerning benefits and accredited service officer topics.
The event is open to any veteran or veteran family member. Lunch and beverages will be available free of charge, as well as military surplus goods (for veterans only). Veterans must provide proof of military service at the event registration. Veterans needing transportation assistance may call Ulster County Veteran Service Agency at 845-340-3190 to make space available arrangements.
“The ‘Veterans Stand Down’ is a great example of how government can step up and assist local veterans and their families receive the services that they need and deserve,” Ryan said “As County Executive, and as a veteran, I am looking forward to continuing to promote and expand opportunities like these for our local vets.”
Ryan is a graduate of West Point and served two combat tours in Iraq as an Army intelligence officer.