Veterans Given Help

Annual event assists 1,000 people

Matt Moran
June 21, 2018 - 5:00 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Western New York's veteran community came together for a massive event called "Stand Down" at the Key Bank Center. The 18th annual event provides services to veterans with any help they are seeking.

Sean Lindstrom is the chair of Stand Down. He says this event takes all year to plan.

"Some people are just one pay check away from a major issue in their life, needing these services," Lindstom said. "So even if there's some services here that don't pertain to them we as veterans are always looking for the person behind us."

An expected 1,000 veterans came to the event, in the past it was held at Coca-Cola Field but Lindstrom says they outgrew that venue. This year over 200 local companies came to provide services including 40 employers.

"They could do blood pressure checks or hire someone on the spot," Lindstrom said.

Eric Jones is one of those veterans, he was stationed in Germany during his time of service. Jones has been coming to the event the last few years.

"They accomdate everyone, we have access to everything," Jones said.

Among those veterans are women, Jill LaMantia is the Women's Veterans Program Manager at VA Western New York Healthcare System. She says they service over 4,000 women in the area, many sometimes do not even know they are veterans.

"We want to make sure we don't miss anybody because it's a wonderful benefit you have for serving your country," LaMantia said.

If any veteran is looking for assistance they can visit the VA Western New York Health Care System at 3495 Bailey Avenue.


 

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