Event dedicated to helping Butte County veterans returns to Chico

A three-day event dedicated to helping local veterans get back on their feet is returning to Chico. The Butte County Veterans Stand Down runs from Thursday, Sept. 21 through Saturday, Sept. 23.

The Stand Down offers homeless veterans a hot meal as well as medical treatment and supplies such as clothing and duffle bags.

The goal is to connect veterans with resources to find a job and a place to live, among other services.

“The Stand Downs can make an enormous difference to veterans in the North Valley area,” said Matt McCoy, Veterans Service Officer with the Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services.

“Getting connected with housing services, or VA benefits can make a huge difference in a person’s life.  Our office has assisted veterans who went from sleeping on a park bench to closing escrow on a home.”

The event—now in its third year—will take place at the Chico Elks Lodge Pavilion and back lawn, located at 1705 Manzanita Avenue.

The Stand Down offers assistance to veterans across Butte County who are experiencing homelessness. Transportation will be provided from Gridley, Oroville, Durham, Magalia and Paradise via the Veterans Administration Shuttle.

Aside from connecting local veterans with the services they need; the event also serves as a networking opportunity where you can connect with others and join a veteran organization.

“I’m most excited about assisting some of the most vulnerable veterans in our community and seeing the transformation that can occur when a veteran has access to benefits, health care and housing,” adds McCoy.

Preregistration is already open for the event, which is geared toward veterans as well as active service members.