2014-03-20 / Front Page

Saturday event will benefit veterans

Friday, March 21, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - Veterans in need, including homeless veterans, are invited to the second-annual Veterans Stand-Down at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 22. Warm clothing, health, job and other assistance will be available.

The public is also invited to a pancake breakfast fundraiser that will be served in the same building as the veterans' event. The suggested donation for the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children. 

With more than 2,500 veterans estimated to reside in the Mariposa, Yosemite, Oakhurst and Bass Lake region, there is an urgent need for support in the area, said Mat Cheuvront of the group Caring Veterans Inc.

The need is especially acute in Mariposa County, the group has found. Last year's Veterans' Stand-Down served close to 250 former servicemen and women

"We've found that there is a very large group of veterans in Mariposa that have been overlooked," Cheuvront said.

Saturday's event will distribute military surplus and donated boots, blankets, jackets, sleeping bags, backpack and other gear. 

"We have pretty much everything that a homeless vet could need," Cheuvront said. "If we can reach a dozen vets that are homeless in this area and get them in the system, and off the street, then we will have reached our goal."

The event will also offer haircuts, access to local Veterans Affairs official Bob Johns and a job fair hosted by Yosemite Park concessioner Delaware North Companies.

Mat Cheuvront (left) and Ken Dow of Caring Veterans Inc. pose with a small portion of the military surplus items they prepared to distribute to veterans in need on March 22.Mat Cheuvront (left) and Ken Dow of Caring Veterans Inc. pose with a small portion of the military surplus items they prepared to distribute to veterans in need on March 22.


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CVI provided the most

CVI provided the most professional and awesome event for veterans I have seen in a long time. I have been involved with veterans issues for some 35 years and this event was sin the top 5 I have ever seen. To the Chief Cook, you did a great job. CVI keep going, you are a class act.

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