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MACV to hold Fergus Falls stand down

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Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV), a nonprofit organization serving veterans statewide, along with the Otter Tail County Veteran Service office, will be holding the first Fergus Falls Veterans' Stand Down. All veterans seeking services are welcome. Onsite assistance available include free lunch, clothing, VA benefit information, legal assistance including a court component, housing and employment assistance and referrals, chemical dependency recovery groups, DMV, haircuts, chaplaincy, public benefits information, and more. Resources and assistance available for U.S. veterans who are homeless, at risk of being homeless, or seeking benefits or assistance at MACV Stand Down 2014.

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Issues being addressed by the judges are misdemeanors, petty misdemeanors, tickets, and non-felony warrant-surrenders, with any higher-level crimes being referred to therapeutic courts. There is no pre-registration necessary. There will be volunteer defense attorneys to assist veterans with the process. Call Paul Pedersen for details (218)722-8763.

The event will take place at the Fergus Falls Armory, 421 Cecil Ave. in Fergus Falls on Thursday Apr. 24. Doors will be open for entry and registration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a Welcoming Ceremony held at 11:30 a.m.

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been assisting veterans for over 22 years, helping over 6,600 veterans and their families. The mission of MACV is to provide assistance throughout Minnesota to positively motivated veterans and their families who are homeless or experiencing other life crisis. It is estimated that 1 percent of the veterans in this state, or close to 4,100, will experience an episode of homelessness this year. MACV is there to assist. Many homeless and veterans' organizations recognize MACV's transitional and permanent housing programs as a model for the nation. We have a passion for serving those in Minnesota who first served us. For more information visit www.mac-v.org

As always please see your local County Veterans Service Officer if you have any questions.

You can contact your local VSO at (218) 631-7617 or by email at david.anderson@co.wadena.mn.us and as always have a great week.

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