Bay Area Coast Guard personnel volunteer for East Bay Stand Down

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard NewsAlameda – Coast Guard members from around the San Francisco Bay area volunteered for the 2012 East Bay Stand Down held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, Calif., Thursday through Sunday.

The EBSD is an event that’s organized to provide services to veterans who are homeless or have limited income. The Veterans are provided a safe location to attend to personal needs such as showering, laundry services and are provided meals while at the facility.

“It’s great to have the different people come together for something like this,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Haley Milyard, from Coast Guard Pacific Area legal. “If feels good to give something back for everything they gave us.”

Coast Guard personnel served the veterans food, provided basic medical care, and distributed clothing,

“The Stand Down is an intervention to break the cycle of homelessness, not just a place where veterans can come for free services,” said Denver Mills, member of the Executive Board and a founder of the EBSD. “When they are here, they are surrounded by people who care, and understand and appreciate the fact that they once served and we are not abandoning them now that they are struggling with some difficult things in their lives. The uniformed military participation, including the visible Coast Guard presence, also is important, and reminds them of the proud traditions and dedication that are still part of them. More than many other parts of society, the military community takes care of its own.”

Resources from the military, Veterans Affairs and local volunteers provide a comprehensive program for the Veterans and their families. All event participants are thoroughly screened prior to admission to ensure that they are eligible for VA services. One of the goals of the event is to place individuals and families directly into housing.

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  1. Joseph La Rocca says:

    I was tent leader for “F” Troop, my assistant was PO 2nd Class Yn Chance United States Coast Guard. Professional and conscientous individual to with. I am honored to have had the pleasure of his help …Thankyou chance.. harmonica Joe