Organizations in one eastern North Carolina county took the day Friday to remind veterans they are not forgotten.
The Beaufort County Veteran Stand Down was hosted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Washington.
“Stand down” is a term to describe the practice of removing combat troops from the field and taking care of their basic needs in a safe area. The “stand down” was meant to be a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations where troops had access to clean uniforms, warm meals, medical and dental care, mail and camaraderie, all in a safe environment.
Homeless veterans and those veterans who just needed some extra help received a variety of free resources over the span of five hours.
Services included counseling and substance abuse referrals, as well as training and employment.
Healthcare to housing to legal advice were offered alongside a career fair meant to provide veterans with the tools they need to succeed.
Veterans were also given free haircuts, personal hygiene products and lunch.
NewsChannel 12’s Kori Johnson was at the event. Watch the video to learn more.