The good news is that the Veterans Stand Down is planned for Aug. 29.
The daunting news is it will need substantial volunteer efforts to get off the ground now that the founder, Ryan Rogers, has moved to Texas.
Organizer Scott Quade is taking up the gargantuan task, but he’s hoping that early calls for volunteers might help make the event less overwhelming for its organizers, with tasks more evenly distributed. He’s especially looking for volunteers among the veteran community who have been helped by previous Stand Downs.
There will be a preliminary planning meeting for potential volunteers Wednesday, Feb. 19, at noon at Round Table Pizza in Quincy.
At the last 20,000 Lives quarterly meeting Jan. 15, Quade reiterated that the veteran population in Plumas County is the highest (per capita) in the state. Nearly 80 percent of those veterans are seniors. Bringing vets into communication with one another and registered with the federal government will mean that Plumas County will become eligible for its own veterans clinic (currently veterans have to travel to either Reno or Sacramento for some veterans services).
Quade hopes to make this year’s Stand Down a two-day event.
At the last Stand Down event nearly 200 vets and their families attended. Veterans were able to access free vision and dental care, which is often unavailable or not covered by various insurance packages. There was also distribution of free gear, clothing, boots and other items.
For more information, potential volunteers can visit www.tpcvc.com or the Plumas County Veterans Collaborative Facebook page.