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Volunteer Tasha Dodge assists Army veteran Peter Braithwaite during the first Stand Down for Veterans held last November in Lebanon. A second event will be held Nov. 3 at the River Center. 

David Patton, Democrat-Herald

LEBANON — The second Stand Down for Homeless Veterans will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 3 at The River Center, 3000 S. Santiam Highway.

The event will focus on helping homeless veterans in the Linn and Benton county area connect with necessary services. Health screenings, Social Security benefits counseling and dental services will be provided.

Veterans can also receive referrals to health care providers, health insurance, housing solutions, employment, substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling.

Free transportation is available. From Corvallis to the event, you can obtain free Linn-Benton Loop tickets from Community Outreach Inc. in Corvallis, then get off at a Linn Shuttle stop (LBCC stop would be easiest).

Board the Linn County Shuttle and inform the driver that you are headed to the Stand Down Event at the River Center. The Linn County Shuttle bus driver will have tickets available at no cost.

From Albany, Lebanon, or Sweet Home to the event, board the Linn County Shuttle and inform the driver that you are going to the Stand Down Event at the River Center. Tickets will be available at no cost.

Community Services Consortium is accepting donations for the event that would be appropriate for the homeless — rain gear, tents, and waterproof footwear are still needed for both men and women. 

New and used items are accepted but must be in good condition. Donations can be dropped off at CSC offices in Albany, 250 Broadalbin St, Suite 2A, or Corvallis, 545 S.W. Second St., Suite A, or at the River Center the morning of the event. Cash donations are also appreciated.

Stand downs are collaborative events that provide basic necessities and services to veterans. Stand downs are coordinated among local veteran support organizations, other government agencies and community-based homeless service providers, including our local community action agency, Community Services Consortium.

For more information or to donate, contact Connie Barkdull at or 541-758-2761.

Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114.



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