October 19, 2011 - Yesterday was the Veterans Assistance Commission's Stand Down for the area's homeless and at-risk veterans. Over 200 veterans were able to receive medical and dental care, referrals for addtional services and health-related screenings, if needed, continuing services for help with employment, housing and other issues, and, thanks to all the help we received, some warm winter clothing to help keep them healthy during our "lovely" Midwestern winters.
We would like to thank all the people who helped us with our part: the collection of the winter coats and gear. Special thanks goes out to Learning Resources, The Park's Knitting Club, Vernon Hills High School, Grayslake Central High School and Grayslake North High School. Thanks to our partners, these veterans will not be without a coat this winter.
At the Stand Down, there were many volunteers from many different agencies. These gentlemen are retired military themselves, two soldiers and one Marine, still serving!
Volunteer doctors provided the medical and dental assessments.
We're sure we will be asked again next year to help out with this very worthwhile endeavor, so please, if you have a gently used coat that you plan on getting rid of, consider dropping it off at the Vernon Hills Police Department (24/7) and we'll make sure another veteran stays warm next winter!
For questions, contact Officer Sharon Joseph at 847-247-4889.