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Organizers seek volunteers for 'Stand Down' event benefiting veterans

Organizers present a banner for this year's Stand Down. (Source: Drew Hansen) Organizers present a banner for this year's Stand Down. (Source: Drew Hansen)
Organizers meet to discuss this year's event. (Source: Drew Hansen) Organizers meet to discuss this year's event. (Source: Drew Hansen)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Organizers of the Third Annual Myrtle Beach Stand Down are seeking volunteers to help at the event which provides homeless and at-risk veterans with a variety of services, including housing, employment, and legal help, and medical, dental and vision screenings.

A stand down is something the military does in the field, organizers explained at a news conference Wednesday. They bring troops to a safe area and it allows the troops to get clean clothes, take showers, and relax for a few days.  Now, stand downs are also done to support veterans. 

"It's a fabulous event.  It's one minute you laugh, one minute you cry and hopefully this year it will be a success like it's been the past two years,” said Doris Gleason, AARP Director of Community Outreach.

This year’s Stand Down will be held on Friday, September 23 at the U.S. Army Reserve building on Phyllis Drive near the Market Commons, according to a news release. Individuals will be offered showers, haircuts, clothing vouchers, breakfast and lunch, new underwear and socks, and army surplus goods such as ruck sacks, sleeping bags and boots. Homeless veterans will also have access to over 30 agencies providing a variety of assistance. They will have the area Lions Club available to hand out eyeglasses and Little River Medical Center will be performing dental screenings.

"The whole idea is to get the veterans in there and show them what's available in the community and then get them back out there hopefully on the right track,” said Kris Tourtellotte Director or Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center.

Last year, 153 homeless and at-risk veterans received the benefits of the Myrtle Beach Stand Down, the news release states, “due to the overwhelming support of volunteers, civic and church groups, and businesses in Horry County.”

"I've got to say this community is incredible,” Tourtellotte said. “Since I started my resource center, this community gives and gives and gives.  I've been at several stand downs in several places and I've never seen one as successful as I have seen here."

Organizers are now asking for volunteers to sign up for the day before the event and also for the day of the event. 

More details on how to volunteer can be found here

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