By Linda Hobbs
Sarah Platt Decker Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution
The Sarah Platt Decker Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution proudly participated in the Oct. 6 Four Corners Stand Down in Durango to support area veterans; whether homeless, at-risk, needing a hand or just checking it out, all veterans were welcomed heartily.
Regardless of the veteran’s circumstances, many groups were there to assist, befriend and help our national heroes who served bravely.
“Stand down” is a military term that was coined in World War II when soldiers returned from combat and needed a safe place to recover and regroup before heading back into battle. Today, Stand Down also refers to a home turf, safe place for veterans to receive a helping hand regardless of length or time of service.
Along with the other organizations, the Daughters delivered carloads of clothing, personal hygiene goods, special treats for doggies, emergency blankets, female veteran goodie bags and a warm cheerful smile for everyone at the all day event.
Vets 4 Vets of Archuleta County was on hand to offer assistance as well. Other groups and services included a free meal, massages, haircuts, counseling, flu shots, housing assistance, legal assistance, as well as veteran service officers from three area counties and various veteran assistance groups.
An estimated 75-80 veterans attended.
“Stand Downs are not only an opportunity to interact with veterans, it is also an opportunity to build a network of others helping the Veteran community,” said Tanice Ramsperger, regent of the Sarah Platt Decker Chapter.
The DAR assists veterans and active-duty military through various initiatives like the Veteran Oral History Project benefiting the Library of Congress, sending cards, seasonal greetings and comfort items to veteran assisted living centers or to active duty stations across the globe. And, offering educational assistance and scholarships locally, statewide and nationally.
The Daughters of the American Revolution is the nation’s largest a nonpolitical women’s service organization. The DAR is open to membership of any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. The DAR mission is historic preservation, patriotism and education. For more information, contact email@example.com.