Aberdeen Lake Park was the one-stop aid station for local veterans on May 2. The day-long event was designed to provide assistance to veterans and family members, as well as other at-risk individuals.
The free event was all about helping vets — to find a job, or housing, help with VA issues — or just get a haircut. Other services available included food and clothing, education services, legal services and mental health services, to name a few. Early in the day, there were veteran-only hours. The public was welcome from 11 a.m to 2 p.m.
The Moore County ‘Stand Down” was a collaborative effort among a number of organizations who assist veterans including veteran organizations who also support veterans. Key among the organizations were the Moore County NCWorks Career Center, the Veterans Administration, Moore County Veterans Council (and some of its member organizations such as the Vietnam Veterans Assoc., and the DAV), Military Missions in Action (MMIA), Veterans Guardian -VA Claim Consulting and Stroke of Patriotism.
A ‘Stand Down’ for the armed forces is traditionally a period of relaxation after a long period of readiness. In 1988 it was adapted to help veterans in San Diego by two Vietnam veterans. The original purposes are still being served.