North Coast Stand Down preparations underway at Humboldt County Fairgrounds

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FERNDALE - Volunteers are gearing up for the annual North Coast Stand Down for veterans.

“Stand down” means “to break from battle” and that is exactly what the weekend long event is offering veterans. Free haircuts, dental care, health screenings, employment assistance, massages and even pet care will be available this Friday through Sunday at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds.

All these services are made possible through donations, fundraising and a partnership with the North Coast Veterans Resource Center. More than 125 volunteers are helping to make to make the weekend happen and in the past, the event has seen as many as 300 veterans and family members in attendance.

“We’re designed to alleviate the problems for our most troubled veterans, whether or not they are struggling or not. Because some veterans just like to come and hang out with other veterans. And of course families are encouraged. I’m a veteran myself. I currently serve in the army reserve. I’m a lieutenant and battalion commander and I believe in taking care of veterans. The military has been very good to me and I believe this is a way of giving back,” Allan Dollison, Vice President of the Board of Directors at the North Coast Stand Down said.