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Stand Down helps veterans

11/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Debbie Jeffers
SOUTH AKRON — The eighth annual Summit County Stand Down for the homeless and displaced veterans took place Sept. 10 at Firestone Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post No. 3383 on West Waterloo Road. Approximately 400 veterans received clothing, blankets, hot soup, medical services, boots, gloves and haircuts, all at no charge, according to event officials.

The Stand Down is sponsored by the Summit County Veterans Council and coordinated by Summit County veterans’ service organizations, VFWs and Ladies Auxiliaries. The name of the event comes from a term used in times of war, when exhausted combat units had time to rest and recover, according to event officials. Today, it refers to the grassroots community-based intervention program to help veterans combat life on the streets. The Stand Down was founded by Laura Dunlop.

Shown above right is Akron resident Gene Littlefield, who served in the U.S. Army, getting a haircut by Barberton resident and VFW Post No. 3383 member Debbie Jeffers, of Sandy’s Hair Express.

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