Community stands up for veterans, homeless Nov. 10

October 24, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The community is gearing up once again to help the homeless, almost homeless, and unemployed veterans and their families.

The Nov. 10 effort, called Stand Down, will be based at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds and run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will kick off the community's Veteran Appreciation Week.

Professional and student volunteers from across Purdue University will be involved in the event's wide range of services that will include counseling, blood pressure screening, nutrition counseling, physical exams, vision screening, dental screening, hearing checks and veterinary services. Financial counseling, job-finding help and resume writing assistance also will be offered.  

Volunteers who can help set up are needed the day before the event from noon to 5 p.m. as well as the day of the event. Others are needed to help with breakfast, snacks and lunches; sort donations; drive; and clean the area after the event. Students or student groups can sign up through the Boiler Volunteer Network's website at Other volunteers can contact Martina Sternberg, assistant director of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue (MFRI), at 765-496-3469,

Businesses that want to participate in Veterans Appreciation Week by providing discounts to veterans and their families should contact Sandra Dye, the institute's community outreach specialist, at 765-496-6045.

MFRI coordinated the inaugural Stand Down for Tippecanoe County with participation from more than 100 community organizations and the help of over 200 volunteers in 2011. More than 250 local veterans and family members were assisted.

Source: Martina Sternberg,

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