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Foothills Veteran Stand Down Event 2024

The first stand down was held in 1988 in San Diego, California. The founders of the concept are Robert Van Keuren and Dr. Jon Nachison (two Vietnam veterans). It provided battle weary soldiers during the Vietnam War a retreat in a safe environment. Its purpose was for soldiers to take care of personal hygiene, enjoy hot meals, medical and dental care, send and receive mail, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends.


What Happens at a Stand Down Today?

Stand Down Veterans Event

Each year, the Foothills Veterans Helping Veterans hosts the Foothills Veterans Stand Down. Veterans come together at Catawba Valley Community College for camaraderie, food, clothing, medical, dental, and other services. Veterans are provided access to community resources needed to rebuild or enhance their lives. Veterans have the opportunity to connect with other veterans, veterans’ organizations, volunteers and service providers.

To host a successful Stand Down, a group of dedicated volunteers is needed, along with donors and sponsors, community support, financial support, and strong leaders with great organizational skills.

Visit to learn even more about this valued event.

Forms  for Foothills Stand Down Event

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Dental Service at Foothills Veterans Stand Down

Stand Down dentist, Dr. Sahil Bhende,
helps veteran Ron Kana.

Foothills Veterans Helping Veterans Receives Community Relations Award

The City of Hickory Community Relations Council recently awarded the Foothills Veterans Helping Veterans with the City of Hickory Human Relations Award for outstanding achievement and leadership in promoting human relations in the city of Hickory.

FVHV board member Ric Vandett, holding the plaque, and a few FVHV members received the award during the Hickory Latino Festival on September 24. Shown in the picture are members of the FVHV during their weekly meeting. FVHV meets every Friday morning at 9:30 at the Hickory Soup Kitchen. Anyone wanting to help veterans is welcome to attend.

Foothills Veterans Helping Veterans Receives Large Donation

The Catawba County Women Who Care (CCWWC) recently named the Foothills Veterans Helping Veterans as the recipient of their quarterly award to a non-profit making a difference in Catawba County.

Each of the women in the group pledges to give $100 to the non-profit. FVHV will receive at least $15,000 for the CCWWC. These funds help needy veterans in the area, especially in providing much needed dental care.

New Subcommittee Seeks to Involve More Women in FVHV

Rashina Carter and Lorrie Lawrence, seen here at the weekly Foothills Veterans Helping Veterans (FVHV) meeting, are spearheading an effort to involve more women veterans and female spouses of veterans in a new subcommittee of FVHV.

Anyone interested in joining this group (there is no cost involved) can simply let us know on the Contact Us page on this website.

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