CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WPRI) — A army-type bivouac is about up at Diamond Hill State Park this weekend. Its mission: to ensure those that have served get the assistance they want.
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island’s annual outreach weekend, now in its twenty fifth yr, provides homeless and at-danger veterans a spot to remain and entry to important providers. By way of Sunday, veterans can see docs and dentists, search for jobs, and get assist discovering houses and accessing social welfare advantages. They will additionally get new clothes in the event that they want it.
About 50 native organizations are participating within the weekend occasion.
Tony DeQuatto, President and Chairman of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, says the variety of veterans needing assist has solely elevated within the final 25 years.
“It retains getting greater and larger,” DeQuattro stated Friday. “We’re getting increasingly more vets, particularly the youthful ones getting back from Iraq and Afghanistan.”
DeQuattro stated 200 individuals had already proven up by Friday morning. He anticipated greater than 500 veterans in complete over the weekend.