Due to public health concerns over the Coronavirus, the Gwinnett County Veterans Resource Center will be cancelling their proposed Operation Stand Down until further notice. As much as we regret to inform you of this, the health of our community and staff stands as our most urgent concern. Our veterans remain our top priority and we will continue to share information that impacts the resource center and our community members. For questions and information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gwinnett County Veterans Resource Center is delighted to invite all those interested to its REAL TALK Veterans Support group for individuals and families. You can call the Center at 678-226-9177 to find out more and to sign up – sign up is required. Come and join in with us – we would love to have you there!
The Gwinnett County Veterans Resource Center is proud to host its first ever “Operation Stand Down.”
In partnership with the Gwinnett Technical College, “Operation Stand Down” will provide an abundance of helpful resources available to veterans such as legal aid, benefits, employment, behavioral health, and many more! “Operation Stand Down” will take place on April 18th 2020 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. For more information on this exciting event, please call us at 770-995-3339.
This Thanksgiving, we feel overwhelming gratitude for our U.S. armed forces and veterans – individuals who have sacrificed so that we can enjoy our many comforts. We also feel profound gratitude for our military families, who often sacrifice just as much as their service members. As a result, the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Servicesand Snellville United Methodist Church recently partnered together to help Gwinnett County Veterans get a little head start on preparing a nice home-cooked Thanksgiving Day meal.
With a U-Haul truck filled with frozen Butterball turkeys and groceries collected by members of the church congregation, Lou Anne Campbell and a team of volunteers arrived at the offices of the Gwinnett Coalition prepared to give back to the veterans who have served our country over the years.
One by one, 50-plus veterans and their families began descending on the Coalition’s Veterans Resource Center. Upon arrival, each family was presented with a turkey and 2 large boxes containing all of the traditional Thanksgiving trimmings to take home and prepare.
Danny Pagan, the Director of the Veterans Resource Center said “It doesn’t get much better than to witness an individual that served their country pick up the phone with tears in the eyes to simply call a family member to inform they will have a meal for Thanksgiving.” Unfortunately, many will not.
Veterans often face unique challenges that civilian members of American society don’t always understand. The lack of institutional support often means veterans find themselves in unfortunate situations with little to no outside help, especially during the holiday season. Some of these challenges include homelessness, unemployment, poor, and untreated PTSD resulting in high rates of depression and suicide.
“A Thanksgiving meal for many of the veterans here today was simply not going to happen this year”, Pagan added. “This blessing, made possible by this loving church, has made our veterans believe they still matter, and for that, we are extremely grateful.”
So whether you’re grateful for your own military family member, your friends, your health or just a day to spend with the people you love, we hope you will take a minute this Thanksgiving to acknowledge our nation’s defenders.