Beckwourth Park in Marysville has been turned into a base for the event called Yuba Sutter Veterans Stand Down. There are more than a dozen military style tents set up with tables for more than eighty service providers.
Some specialize in healthcare, others deal with housing or education.
“We have a transitional unit that helps veterans get back on their feet," says Jamie Sullivan with the Sacramento Veterans Resource Center. "We also have a behavioral health unit that works with veterans with any kind of substance abuse, PTSD, marital problems –anything that they might need some counseling for.”
Veteran Bernie Tucci came to Stand Down to see if something could be done about his hearing, but he was also going table to table. Like most of the veterans, he was carrying a sheet of paper stamped with different-colored smiley faces representing the tables he’d visited.
“I’ve got quite a few signed off already," explains Tucci. "But I’m just seeing what else is available. This is what you get when you come in and they want you to check everything off to make sure you go through all of the departments that they have out here.”
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be talking Friday with veterans and family members about any claim problems they may have. The event has grown from a few dozen veterans attending 15 years ago to almost 900 last year. The event ends Saturday.