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The 2014 Veterans Stand Down event, which is designed to connect veterans to vital ser- vices, will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 26, at the William L. Little Health and Human Services Center (county Health Department), located at 2200 Ringling Blvd. in Sarasota, the center has announced. Additional services will be offered in Payne Park Auditorium, a short walk away, a news release notes. Veterans should bring their IDs (Veterans Administration cards or DD-214 forms), if available, the release points out. The event is free, the release adds; bus passes are available in advance by calling 366-2224, Ext. 146, or attendees will be reimbursed the day of the event with a receipt. The Stand Down program is a way for veterans not already receiving services to get access to many providers and types of support in a one-stop setting, the release notes. Veterans who attend the event will be able to get help in accessing Veterans Administration beneļ¬ts and services, for example. Further, housing assistance also will be available for homeless veterans, the release says. Local organizations providing programs relating to mental health and substance abuse treatment as well as legal and employment services will have represen- tatives on hand to supply information and referrals, the release explains. Additionally, the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota People await assistance during a Veterans Stand Down event in the Dallas area of Texas in October 2011. Image from Flickr via Wikimedia Commons VETERANS STAND DOWN EVENT PLANNED FOR APRIL 26 NEWS BRIEFS

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