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Local Veterans Gather For Annual Stand Down Benefit Fair

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 YAKIMA, WA.- Veterans from across the Yakima Valley gathered at State Fair Park for the 18th annual “Stand Down” benefit fair.

The event brought young and old together and connected veterans with local services and businesses through out the area.

Retired veterans and those still serving in the military were present at the fair.

“It's a great bonding experience for those in the community to support their veterans and for the veterans to also see their community does support them,” Sergeant Dale Hlavacek told KNDO.  

Event chairman Dave Purcell told us they have close to seventy booths at the fair this year providing services for veterans.

He said when they first developed this idea they wanted to give veterans a place to rest and resupply, and that's exactly what they've created.

“We provide the necessary services for them. Everything from food to clothing, they can get their flu shots here, dental services, everything is pretty much here for them,” Purcell said.

Purcell told KNDO that this event wouldn't be possible without their volunteers.

This year they had one hundred and thirty men and woman helping at the fair. Many of the volunteers were young service men and woman just beginning their careers in the military.

“It is amazing to volunteer here, you get to meet so many people and hear so many stories it feels really good to be able to go and meet so many different veterans,” ROTC Britney Bates told KNDO.

It costs about twelve thousand dollars to put together the benefit each year. They rely solely on donations so they encourage anyone who wants to help to donate to the Yakima Veteran's Coalition.