Hundreds of area veterans poured into the Civic Center for annual stand down

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Hundreds of Black Hills area veterans converged on the Civic Center for the 2018 Veteran Stand Down and Resource Fair Thursday.

Hosted by Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Black Hills Health Care System (BHHCS), this stand down connects Veterans, specifically homeless or at risk of being of homeless vets, with important social resources and services. A meal was provided by Goodwill of the Great Plains as well as cold weather items such as blankets as well as hygiene kits and duffel bags. Veterans were able to get free hair cuts, flu vaccines and learned all about their VA benefits and health care.

"Well as a veteran myself I really feel honored to serve veterans and I think a lot of our veterans her in the Rapid City area are very deserving and we want to make sure that they get everything that they deserve and frankly I think it's a service for everybody here at the Civic Center today," said Jamison Hild with VA BHHCS, "they all feel honored to kind of work with this population."

If you or a veteran you know wasn't able to make it to the stand down, you can learn all about your veteran's benefits at the Veteran Outreach Center at 111 New York Street in Rapid City.