Secretary of State
AUGUST 22, 2013
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ALLEGAN, Mich. – The Secretary of State Mobile Office will be open for business at a veterans "Stand Down" event at the First Baptist Church in Allegan on Friday, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today.
"Stand Down" events for veterans were first organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam Veterans in California. Since then, they have been used by veteran organizations to provide services to veterans, especially homeless veterans, in special events across the country.
"These are people who served this country, who sacrificed, who left their families and at times put their lives on the line and we need to ensure that they have every benefit they have earned and deserve," said Johnson. "They'll be able to handle any business they would normally do at a branch office, all at an event arranged specifically for their needs."
Johnson, co-founder of OPERATION: OUR TROOPS COUNT, has made assisting Michigan's 680,000 veterans a priority for her office. In addition to pushing for a special new driver's license designation for veterans, expected to debut next year, she's also working with state veteran organizations to put information for veterans in local Secretary of State branches.
The church is located at 1290 32nd St. and the Stand Down runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The full-service branch will offer all transactions currently available in a standard branch office. Close to 200 people are expected to attend.
"The Stand Down is an event designed especially for veterans who are either homeless or in danger of homelessness," said Sherry Owens, director of Allegan County Senior and Veterans Services. "The Veterans Administration, Allegan County Veteran Services, and other community support agencies will be on hand to provide clothing, personal items and information on supportive services available throughout the area. It is also a day to honor and acknowledge the men and women who have served their country and protected our freedom."
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