Helping local veterans during Stand Down Weekend

By Dan Pieroni

When the brave men and women of our armed forces finish their tours of duty, they often struggle to find helpful resources in their return to civilian life.  Enter Operation Stand Down.

Founded in 1993, the local non-profit serves as a resource for homeless and at-risk veterans to locate and secure affordable housing, as well provide access to life essential services such as healthcare and employment services.

Each year Operation Stand Down sponsors Stand Down Weekend, during which homeless and low income veterans can access to essential services provided by OSDRI and over 50 state, local, and community partners like the DMV.

As a major corporate sponsor of the weekend, our Customer Care group was on hand to assist at Cumberland’s Diamond Hill State Park during the weekend of September 15.

This was our second year participating in the event. According to employee George Maerkle, 42 dedicated employees volunteered over an eight day period.

Field Ops Safety Advocate Mike Cavaco expressed great humility in speaking about his experience volunteering. “Our military men and women have put themselves in harm’s way so the average person can take freedom for granted.”

“I work for a company that encourages me to volunteer, our vets are the reason.”

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