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Success at the Stand Down

Sandpoint’s first-ever stand-down was a huge success this month, drawing praise from even long established stand down professionals. It served nearly 700 veterans at the one day Fairgrounds event and the volunteer turnout exceeded expectations, leaving many V.V.A. members, the event’s sponsors, talking about making it an annual event, though no decision has been made as yet. As soon as I hear more I’ll let you know.

Steve Charchan, one of the stand-down coordinators, said he’d especially like to thank not only the many volunteers who showed up on Wednesday to sort and pass out the items, but the Bonner County Daily Bee, the River Journal, Nickel’s Worth, Blue Sky Broadcasting, and also those citizens throughout the county who generously donated nearly the entire $10,000 needed to put on the event. Thanks also goes out to the Army Nat’l Guard Detachments in Bonners Ferry and Post Falls as well as the local Boy and Cub Scout troops around Sandpoint. Don Carr, Bonner County’s Veterans Services Officer, said the event went “wonderfully well, and exceeded everyone’s expectations” and a huge round of applause should be given to the Fairgrounds Board and its head, Rhonda Livingstone.

The next official stand-down will take place in Post Falls at the Idaho Nat’l Guard Armory from 8 am ‘til 2 pm at 5555 E. Seltice Way. For information, you can call 208-769-1558, extension 3993.

Don’t forget about the upcoming Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #890’s monster Yard and Rummage Sale coming up on Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3 beginning at 6 am this year. Volunteers are asked to come to VFW Hall in Sandpoint (corner of Pine and Division) beforehand Friday afternoon to help sort and price items. If you have items to donate you can drop them off then also.

Don’t forget too about the meeting times for some of the various veterans’ organizations if you’d like to join or just help out sometime. The Vietnam Veterans of America (Chapter #890) meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6 pm and the local VFW Post meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm and the Local Disabled American Veterans (Chapter #15) also meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm All meetings occur at the Sandpoint VFW Hall on Pine Street.

Look for some fireworks next month at the DAV meeting, as some members are irate over attempts to send a representative to more than one state or national convention a year. For over a decade the local DAV Chapter has grudgingly sent a member to the summer convention of the state DAV in Boise, paying out of their own dues the $400 to $500 it costs to attend, but some members want to attend winter or national conventions as well and most local members are dead set against what they consider a waste of time and money that could be better used to either help more veterans locally or to add to the DAV Van Fund to replace the current van as it ages.

I’ve been to these conventions before and can attest to the fact that, other than my high school algebra classes, these DAV conventions are the biggest amount of wasted, boring, moments in an otherwise pleasant, happy life.

‘til next time, smoke ‘em if ya’ got ‘em and All Homage to Xena!

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