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​The 2015 Capital Area Veterans Stand Down will be scheduled when the planning committee meets in November.

The 2014 Capital Area Veterans Stand Down was held on Friday, October 17, 2014, at the South Wilmington Street Center. Good reviews have been received from providers and participants.

10/10/2014 Update

We are one week away from the event.  Instructions for attendees are as follows:

  • The parking lot at the South Wilmington Street Center will be closed, and only street parking is available. Arriving early will get you a closer parking spot to the building.
  • Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. for those who would like to partake.
  • The opening ceremony is at 8:30 a.m.; services begin at 9 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m.
2014 Capital Area Veterans Stand Down poster.docx2014 Capital Area Veterans Stand Down poster


8/21/2014 Update

  • One dentist  is still needed for the Dental Bus.
  • Anyone wanting to volunteer at the Stand Down, contact Douggy Johnson at
  • All service providers, contact John with the number of attendees from your agency, with table and chair requirements.
  • Information on the expunction clinic through Legal Aid of NC was disseminated.
  • Invitation letters to dignitaries have been mailed.


07/17/2014 Update

  • One dentist is still needed for the Dental Bus
  • The advertisement poster has been approved and will be circulated at the next meeting.
  • The formats for the agenda and opening ceremony have been approved. Information will be added and modified once names of attendees have been finalized.
  • News media and radio stations have been notified about PR and coverage of the event. Waiting on confirmation.
  • Invitation letters will be going out soon to invite dignitaries.


06/19/2014 Update

  • The service provider list was reviewed, and those providers who have not been confirmed as of today will be confirmed by the next meeting.
  • The advertisement poster will be reviewed by all committee members and will be finalized at the next meeting.
  • The opening ceremony itinerary was discussed and will be finalized at the next meeting.
  • We are still in need of at least one more dentist. Wake Smiles of Wake County has been notified.
  • A new provider has been confirmed for the Stand Down (Disabled Veterans National Foundation in Washington, DC).


05/15/2014 Update

  • There was discussion about a possible venue change for the event to the Salvation Army facility. It was decided to keep the event at SWSC and possibly take a new venue into consideration next year.
  • There is still a need for someone to be in charge of the legal services subcommittee.
  • The Dental Bus has been confirmed. One dentist has been confirmed. Ideally, three more dentists would be a good number, but one more is definitely needed.
  • The advertisement poster will be discussed at the next meeting.
  • The Service Provider list will reviewed and updated at the next meeting.
  • There will be more emphasis on promotion this year and it will begin earlier.
  • The Facebook page for the Stand Down is being updated after each meeting. Search under Veterans Stand Down and look for Raleigh, NC. There will be a soldier's silhouette on an American flag for the photo.

02/20/2014 Update

Stand Down Coordinator
12 subcommittees have been formed to plan the Stand Down:
  1. Housing – Jimmie Watson (

  2. Employment
  3. Legal Services – TBA

  4. PR-Media – Frank Lawrence (

  5. Donations – Bob Williamson/Faith-based organizations

  6. Operations – Rodney Tabron (

  7. Volunteers – SWSC Veterans Support Group & Levonde Jones

  8. Faith-based Organizations
  9. Mainstream Services  Mike Mescall (
    • (Food Stamps, Medicaid, etc.)

  10. Women's Services
  11. Registration – Levonde Jones (

  12. VA Healthcare – Bob Williamson (


Currently we are in need for people to be on the legal aid subcommittee.

We are looking at other possible venues to hold the Stand Down event.


2013 Capital Area Veterans Stand Down Recap

The Stand Down held on October 18, 2013, received good reviews from participants and service providers. There were 284 registered participants and 151 service providers covering 40 programs. Planning is under way for next year's Stand Down.

 St John Merciful Newsletter.pdfSt. John the Merciful newsletter



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