Tammie Gercken personal writer
The Burke County Veterans Services Office will host a âMini Veterans’ Stand Downâ Resource Fair for local veterans from 2 pm to 5 pm Wednesday at the Burke County Senior Center at 501 N. Green St. in Morganton.
The fair will feature information on resources such as clothing, employment, health care, the National Guard, senior services and other veterans services.
The event is the first of its kind hosted by the Bureau of Veterans Services. Molly Eller, the Veterans Duty Officer for Burke County, explained the meaning of “Stand Down” in the name.
âIt started during the Vietnam War,â she said. âSoldiers in combat have been temporarily relieved of their duties for a day to attend to basic daily necessities. They were placed in a safe area, where they could wash their uniforms, write letters to loved ones, bathe, sit and enjoy a hot meal, have their hair cut, etc. – small activities that most people take for granted. These soldiers were told to stand down (pause) and take a moment to focus on them.
Agencies and organizations that will be represented at the event include Burke County Human Resources, The Disabled American Veterans Morganton Chapter No. 43, The Meeting Place Mission, NCWorks, North Carolina National Guard, Burke County Senior Services, Burke County Veterans Services and Western Piedmont Real Estate. Eller described them as “a community ready to help veterans find the help they need.”