“Stand Up on the Delta” from June 3 to 5

After being forced to go on hiatus due to the pandemic, the Delta Veterans Group (DVG) can finally bring back its annual Stand Down on the Delta event with a twist. This year, the group has changed the name of the event to “Stand Up on the Delta” and will provide additional services to veterans in all nine Bay Area counties. The three-day free event is scheduled for June 3-5.

“Stand Down was for homeless, resting veterans,” said JR Wilson, president and CEO of DVG. “The Stand Up event will help all veterans, including their families. It will be open to everyone and will provide an opportunity for others to ask questions to help our veterans.

Wilson went on to say that while the Stand Up will be different, the event will still feature the four pillars of DVG veteran success: housing, employment, health and education. He said there will be the same homeless community services the event is known for.

“However, we want to get things done,” Wilson said. “At the Stand Down, we gave veterans the tools to help them get out of homelessness, but now our focus is to help them continue to be successful.”

Some of the features of the weekend event will include providing medical and dental services to veterans. The DVG invited Healing California to come and offer their services free of charge. There will be on-site dental care providing everything from cleanings to crowns. All dental procedures will be taken care of on site. Currently, 18 dental sites are available for the weekend. The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta area is the only service that requires an advance appointment. Appointments can be made on the DVG website.

Medical care, including vision tests, will also be available on site. Services will also be available on how to work and seek medical assistance from the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. The Martinez VA Medical Center will also be on hand to assist you.

The event will take place at the Contra Costa County Event Park (the county’s fairgrounds) at 1201 W. 10th St. in Antioch. Wilson said activities will take place in three of the main buildings at the back of the field. One building will serve as a seminar area where attendees can learn about new veteran services and benefits and current legislative information. Various seminars will take place throughout the weekend.

A second building will offer VA medical and dental services while a third will offer services including local college programs, trade schools, shelter information, legal services, help with completing VA forms, recruitment and more. Wilson says more than 42 different service groups will be on hand. Veterinary services will even be available for veterans’ pets.

There will be a free continental breakfast available, as well as local food trucks. It would be a good idea to bring money for the food trucks, he said. Wilson said that with this event, the DVG expands its mission and adds more opportunities for the community to get involved. The DVG plans to hold a Stand Down event next year and then a Stand Up event again the following year.

DVG is always looking for volunteers and community sponsors. Much help is needed with setup, support over the event weekend, and help with tearing down event facilities and cleaning up afterwards. The three-day event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. All veterans are asked to bring their DD2-14 verification of VA status. Wilson said those who have lost their status check are always welcome and DVG can help veterans get their check if needed. For more information, visit online at deltaveteransgroup.org/stand-up-on-the-delta.

“Veterans and families have already paid their price. It’s up to us as a society and community to ‘stand up’ and help them now, Wilson said.

Roni Gehlke can be reached at [email protected]

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