Our Veterans put their lives on the line serving our country and they deserve the best services we can offer but many don't know where to find them locally. The Veterans Stand Down is an event for our female Vets in Kalamazoo County to find the help and services they need.

Organized by 'Chef Stef', a Marine Veteran, who has been featured on the Food Network, is called "Sista to Sista".

Thursday, December 14th, 2017 11 am until 4 pm @ WMU Bernhard Center Third Floor Room 157-158.

I spoke with Stef and this is the information I got from our conversation.

There are quite a few Female Military Veterans residing in Kalamazoo County who have to cross County Lines to receive Services they are in need of. That shouldn't be. If my Domicile is within the County... I should be able to ascertain those rendered services where I reside. I have pulled Civilian Orgs and Vet Orgs together to generate exposure/visibility to WHO & WHERE They are located within Kalamazoo County, MI. Soooo, the Female Veterans Stand Down should have great Diversity of WHAT exists here so Female Vets can locally access those services, if and when needed.The main two issues I am "focusing" on with this particular Female Stand Down are MST and PTSD from Combat as well as Peace Time Dynamics that creates a DIFFERENCE From our Brothers serving alongside us Sistas.

This event will feature Legal and Employment services, Medical, Dental, and vision screenings. They will also offer clothing, blankets and personal hygiene items. Plus, Chef Stef will be offering her food and drinks.

All female vets are encouraged to attend.

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