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PRESS RELEASE

Cape Organizations Build on Success, Plan “Stand Down Cape Cod 2013” - A Special Day for Vets & Their Families

Hyannis -The Second Annual civilian “Stand Down” will take place Saturday, August 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of Cape Cod Academy in Osterville, MA. Last year, 130 veterans were treated to yoga, massage, dental care, and a myriad of other health-related vendors through the combined efforts of Cape Cod Academy students, Duffy Health Center and Nam Vets. This year more than 30 service organizations ranging from the Council of Churches to the Women’s Veterans Network will be there to provide information about their programs. Chiropractic, Reiki, and acupuncture services will also be available and lunch will be served free of charge.

The idea and funding for the first “Stand Down” was the result of the “Shelter from the Storm” concert organized by students from Cape Cod Academy. The Shelter concert highlights talented students from across the Cape and, for the first time this year, from as far away as Brazil and India. “The students were so proud to see their efforts go to such a great collaboration, they voted to support the Stand Down again this year” states Larry Brown, a faculty member at Cape Cod Academy and the facilitator behind the Shelter Concert. Duffy Health Center, the Nam Vets Association Outreach Center and Cape Cod Academy are pleased to be working together again to address the needs of veterans across Cape Cod.

Originally, “Stand Down” was a military term designating that a combat unit was temporarily moved away from the fighting and back to a base area for rest and rehabilitation. A civilian “Stand Down” is more commonly seen as an opportunity to provide needed services to local vets including general health screenings, benefits assistance, dental care, Registry of Motor Vehicle services, and free clothing/hygiene items in a safe and welcoming environment.

Any veteran and their family members are welcome. Lunch is free and being supported by The Casual Gourmet, and PepsiCo has donated bottled water. Vets are strongly encouraged to preregister and can do so by visiting HERE and filling out the form.

For more information please visit www.NAMVETS.net.

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The mission of Duffy Health Center is to prevent and reduce homelessness on Cape Cod through community collaborations and the provision of integrated medical, behavioral health, case management and housing services to persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.