Hundreds of veterans filled the VFW Post 1981 Hall on Friday during the 3rd annual Madera County Veterans Stand Down. More than 30 agencies, businesses, and services manned informational booths both in and outside the hall. Free flu shots, haircuts and clothing were also available.
Outside, veterans sipping free coffee and munching pastries were entertained by the classic country sound of the band Crossroads.
Veterans Service Officer Charles Hunnicutt said he was very pleased with the large turnout for Stand Down. According to Hunnicutt, these events started out in the mid-1980s in San Diego when a group of Vietnam veterans decided to bring resources together in one location for a day to help former soldiers.
“We get a lot of support from even outside the county because when it comes to veterans, there are really no borders,” said Hunnicutt...