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Struggling Veterans to Receive Essential Services at 2012 East County Stand Down

Released 5 October 2012

The Salvation Army - Portland Metro
8495 SE Monterey Ave.
Happy Valley, OR  97086

Major Don Gilger
Portland Metro Coordinator

Teresa Engel
Director of Communications & Marketing


Struggling Veterans to Receive Essential Services at 2012 "Veterans Stand Down"


(Troutdale, OR)  October 5, 2012  - On Saturday, October 20, 2012, community partners will come together to host an East County "Veterans' Stand Down" event from 10am - 3pm at The Chapel, located at 27132 SE Stark St. in Troutdale, OR.  There is an estimated 107,000 homeless veterans in our country.  "Stand Down" events work to reduce the amount of homeless veterans and improve the lives of veterans who need assistance by giving them comprehensive access to services within a single location and connecting them with community resources needed to begin addressing requirements for rebuilding and improving their lives.

In the military "Stand Down," afforded battle weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being.  This upcoming "Stand Down" event will afford the same opportunity to veterans.  Veterans benefit counselors and local resources will be available to meet and talk with veterans about benefits available to assist them.  Health screenings along with vouchers for haircuts provided by Mt. Hood Community College will also be available.  In addition, donations made by citizens, businesses and other agencies will be distributed during the event to help improve local veterans' daily living.

Integral to the success of the event are the organizations and supporters who make this possible;  these include The Chapel, The Salvation Army, Work Source Oregon, Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel, West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce, Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham Ford, Reser's Corporation, American Legion, Ride Connection, Criswell Real Estate, Remax Equity Group, Gresham Rotary, Burns Feed Store, Multnomah County Animal Control, KPAM Radio, VFW Post #180, Starbucks (Troutdale), Safeway, Alamo Troutdale, LLC, Troutdale Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff's Department, JTAP, Lions, Multnomah County Veterans Services, Clark County Veterans Services and Columbia Gorge Fruit Growers, Cash n Carry.

Ride Connection will be facilitating several pick-ups throughout the day for veterans in need of rides to the "Stand Down."  The first pick-up at the Gresham Transit Center will be at 9:30 am, and the first pick-up on the mountain at 73265 E Hwy 26 will be at 9:00 am.  For a pick-up times and locations, please call 503-794-3275.

The Salvation Army has a long history of service to veterans, and through this "Stand Down," The Salvation Army is able to continue providing these essential services to our nation's heroes.  Such services to veterans in the Portland Metro area include a Veterans and Family Shelter, as well as a Homefront War Relief Program, which offers emergency financial assistance to dependents of deployed military personnel or returning veterans who have suffered a hardship as a result of deployment. 

For more information regarding this event and/or media questions, please contact Kim Pettina at 503-794-3275.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 124 countries worldwide.  For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at  People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

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