Thursday, December 16, 2010

It was a day to lend a hand to those who served

Last Friday Ralph and I attended a stand down for veterans at our city's Armory. It was the third such event sponsored by No Vet Left Behind, a non-profit organization founded by two Army veterans who just happen to be married.

Ralph remarked that what struck him was the dignity of the veterans, mostly all men, who arrived for free clothing, blankets, toiletries, food, hot coffee and camaraderie. Some of them were homeless, others just in need of some assistance to get them through the winter.

I wrote a story about the stand down. You can read about it here.


Barb said...

It's so sad to think that a Veteran, who paid so much for our Freedom could be in such need. It's shameful for our country as a whole that this could even be possible. Thank goodness for compassionate people.

Cassie said...

My Patrick is a VietNam vet and we attended a standdown in Sandpoint a few years ago. Quite an amazing thing really. The VNVets there have a huge yardsale each year and they are very active in the community. Now I'll go read your link. Thanks for this post.