OSDRI to host annual Stand Down weekend outreach event Sept. 14-16

PROVIDENCE – Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, a 26-year-old veterans support group, will host its annual Stand Down outreach event Sept. 14-16 at Diamond Hill State Park in Cumberland.

During the three-day event, housing, employment, medical and dental, and legal service providers will make themselves available to the Ocean State’s veteran population. On the morning of Sept. 15, the Rhode Island Foundation will present OSDRI with a $65,000 donation to fund the group’s new legal outreach program. Through this new effort, local veterans will be able to access assistance regarding benefit claims, criminal and housing matters, bankruptcies, traffic violations, and driver’s license restorations.

Throughout the weekend, OSDRI will run shuttles for those interested in attending the event. Departures are from Providence, Woonsocket, Pawtucket, Westerly and Newport. A full schedule is available on the organization’s website.

At last year’s event, roughly 500 homeless and at-risk veterans attended the Stand Down weekend, which was staffed by more than 200 volunteers. The 2017 weekend saw attendance by more than 50 nonprofit, state and federal agencies in support of the local veteran population.

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Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.