ANTIOCH — Some area at-risk and homeless veterans were getting their first hot meal in days by attending the biennial Stand Down on the Delta event at the Contra Costa Event Park on Friday.
By Friday afternoon, some 350 veterans had registered for the four-day event, retired veteran volunteer Nestor Aliga said. The event in 2017 drew 260 and the one in 2015 attracted about 300, according to J.R. Wilson, president and founder of Delta Veterans Group, which organized Stand on the Delta.
During the event, at-risk veterans are given free dental, medical, and counseling services, as well as legal and Veterans Affairs claims assistance. They also receive clothes, haircuts, shaves, meals, and sleeping accommodations.
Hundreds of military, nonprofit, church, service organization and other volunteers began descending on the fairgrounds on Thursday to help put up tents and ready the grounds for the many activities that continue throughout the weekend.
The Delta Veterans Group, E.I.N. #46-2650624, still needs the community’s help to provide for at-risk veterans, and people can donate their time, talents, and/or treasures at www.deltaveteransgroup.org or by mail to 815 Fulton Shipyard Rd., Antioch, CA 94509.
Stand Down on the Delta continues until Monday at the Contra Costa County Event Park, 1201 W. 10th St.
Source: East Bay 350 at-risk come out for Stand Down on the Delta