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The North Coast Veteran’s Stand Down Service Fair for Veterans NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!

[Guest post from Allan Dollison]

There is a great event happening soon on the North Coast, and it presents a great opportunity to help those who have served their Country. Beginning Friday, Sep. 30 – Sunday, October 2, 2011, the North Coast Veteran’s Stand Down runs a service fair for Veterans. The event will be held at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Ferndale, CA.

It connects them up with needed services, like the VA and Social Security. Medical, Dental, Haircutting, Massages and even Acupuncture is offered. Veterans are even given clothing and shelter handouts for those that are truly disadvantaged. They are fed through the weekend, are allowed to camp out on the grounds and if they bring a pet we have volunteers to watch after their furry creatures.

This is all very labor intensive, and it is not uncommon to have a total of 300 people help out to fully staff the event. We usually get between 500—700 veterans over the 3-day event. In the past, those that have helped out express a great feeling of involvement for these wonderful Americans.

Recently here on the North Coast, a new Residential Facility near the Co-Op in Eureka opened to provide a safe and se cure place to live for homeless Veterans. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs has pledged to end Homelessness among Veterans by 2014, new resources for Veterans and the Stand Down will go a long way in achieving that goal here on the North Coast. In years past Paul Gallegos, our District Attorney and Supervisors, Mark Lovelace and Jimmy Smith have personally volunteered to help out at the Stand Down.

If you have some free time, even only a few hours that weekend would you please consider volunteering for this spectacular event? It will be greatly appreciated.

These are some of the areas where volunteers are needed: Grounds Maintenance, Clothing Services, Food Services, General Help, Adult Art Space, Pet Services, Participant Guide (Usher), Registration and Check-In, Family and Children. More information and the form to fill out to volunteer can be found on the organization’s website at www.northcoaststanddown.org. They are also on Facebook, and more information can be found on that page to include virtual chat to the event’s organizers to help answer questions that you may have.

The organizers of this event work very hard and are dedicated to our wonderful Veteran community here on the North Coast. There is no similar event in Mendocino and Del Norte, so this event serves as the hub for resources for Veterans. It would mean a lot to me if you could help them out.


Allan L. Dollison

  1. Cheers
    September 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Great opportunity for Joel will make amends for bashing Sheehan before the last vet’s fundraiser.

  2. September 1, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Joel has actually helped the Stand Down in years past. I’d be very happy if he wanted to again. If amends are to be made perhaps it’s Cindy Sheehan herself who should be making them. If she was sincerely interested in helping at the Stand Down I would welcome her.Maybe you can arrange for this.to happen.. I will gladly provide you with the necessary paperwork..

  3. September 1, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I do hope anyone who wants to volunteer considers helping out. We have all sorts of service providers including DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and from the other side, Veterans for Peace. We are an apolitical event designed to do nothing but serve and help veterans. I know Miss Sheehan was just up here on the North Coast, but is obviously not from around here. As most know, I am a veteran of 2 wars, Afghanistan and Iraq. Now and (and certainly more so in the future)our Veterans are going to need a lot of help. I am there as nothing more than a Veteran helping other Veterans. Please pass on to others and just help out. I know Rob Ash will be there. I hope others will too!

  4. Cheers
    September 2, 2011 at 12:32 am

    I can’t think of any other average American Mom, or many other Americans since Sheehan, as effective in drawing ANY significant media attention to today’s illegal military invasions and occupations.

    To claim sheehan should “make amends” is outrageous. She’s a savior to many U.S. soldiers quietly sickened by what their nation is demanding of them, many thousands have committed suicide.

    If we judged history’s famous and passionate activists by their dumb remarks, as opposed to their accomplishments, we wouldn’t have any!

    Which suits the status-quo just fine.

    It’s phenomenal that sheehan came here and raised money for our local VFP group.

    Keep up the good work!

  5. September 2, 2011 at 7:38 am

    The offer stands. . Ms Sheehan is from Vacaville which is less than half days drive from here . If she is sincerely interested in helping then I would be sincerely interested in enlisting her or anyone else who wants help with this project.

  6. September 2, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Calm down, Cheers. You’re on the wrong thread. Please let the activist try to do their job.

  7. September 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    The North Coast Stand Down is seeking new or gently used donations for the All Vets Day Raffle Which is happening at the North Coast Stand Down October 1st 2011 at the Humboldt County Fair Grounds in Ferndale. Your Tax Deductible contributions to the North Coast Stand Down’s All Vets Day Raffle directly helps homeless and at risk Veterans in Our Community. If you wish to contribute to this worthwhile cause, please Contact robash141@yahoo.com to make arrangements
    Suggested Donations for the All Vets day Raffle include:
    • Thermal layer clothing
    • Warm waterproof jackets
    • Scarves
    • Warm hats
    • Long white socks Rain Gear
    • New Sneakers
    • New Boots
    • Backpacks
    • Bicycles
    • Bicycle repair tool kits
    • Sleeping bags
    • Blankets
    • Tents/ Tarps
    • Mini Propane stove
    • Misc Camping supplies
    • Utility Multi tools.
    • Travel Games
    • Playing cards
    • Money Belts
    • Flash Lights
    • Non Perishable Packaged food Items .
    • Track Phones
    • Mini Laptops
    thanks you for your support

  8. Cheers
    September 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    “The offer stands…”

    Sheehan just provided a phenomenal opportunity for our local VFP, despite the dimwits.

    Lucky for NCVSD they refrained from publicly slamming Rob Ash just before their event.

  9. September 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Again anyone interested in helping the Stand Down will be welcome. Personal beliefs do not enter into our commitment for veterans. Veterans for Peace participate and help out every year, and obviously their beliefs are much closer to Ms. Sheehan’s then others. I do agree with Joel that the purpose of this post (which I initiated) was not to have a political discussion, but rather to generate interest and recruit volunteers for the Stand Down. That’s all!

  10. Cheers
    September 2, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    “Please let the activist try to do their job”.
    (Joel Mielke, 9/2/11, NCVSD event).


    “I am entitled to my opinion.”
    (Joel Meilke, 9/1/11, VFP event).

    The purpose of the VFP post on Heraldo was also to generate interest for a good cause.

    All the best for your event.

  11. David Prendergast
    September 3, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Cindy Sheehan can go stick it. She is not welcome at any veteran event as far as I am concerned. Her conduct in the past is inexcusable. She served only to remind every Vietnam veteran of the pain and suffering we all went through coming home to a country that blamed us for the Vietnam War, and tossed us aside like so much trash. It took decades for us to create our own self contained support nework and organizations. Remember when the VFW, American Leagion, DAV, and other “vet” groups didn’t want us even coming to there meetings or share a beer in “their” clubs? This vet will never forgive this mentality, and Sheehan is the face of this generations rejection. We don’t need her, and don’t want her.
    Take her “First Amendment” rights WE fought for somewhere else. If she attends, I hope every veteran in Humboldt will boycott the Stand Down!!

  12. David Prendergast
    September 3, 2011 at 5:52 am

    By the way, I will volunteer legal services at the Stand Down. Maybe I can tell Ms.Sheehan what I think of her to her face.

  13. September 3, 2011 at 5:53 am

    http://www.thevietnamfiles.com A web site helping Marines Vets validate their service experiences for their benefits claims since 2004.

  14. September 3, 2011 at 5:56 am

    To the brave Marines I served with in Vietnam, I thank you for helping me become a better man for the experience.

    To every Marine who died in Vietnam, let it be known to all, that they live on. They are immortal, and we do care, everyday.

    May the documents and records on this web site renew their immortality for all who read about the heroic and selfless acts of so many great Marines.

    David Prendergast
    U.S.M.C. 1965-1971

  15. Plain Jane
    September 3, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Mr. Prendergast seems to be one of those who thinks serving in the military gives him the right to tell other people they don’t have freedom of speech. Such people have a twisted view of the freedom they supposedly fought for. I won’t be volunteering or supporting any group which embraces such beliefs.

  16. September 3, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I’m quite sure that people of widely varying beliefs will be volunteering their energies to this very worthwhile cause.

  17. Plain Jane
    September 3, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Do Marines like Mr. Prendergast attach a disclaimer when they take the oath to defend the constitution that excludes free speech for those whose opinions they don’t like?

  18. September 3, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I’m of the mind that if Don Davenpoort is allowed contribute to the Stand Down Then Cindy Sheehan should be able to as well. I’ve objected rather vociferously to both of these folk’s past public statements. However, that does not mean I would reject their offer to help now . One of the great things about the Stand Down is that brings lots of people from divergent backgrounds and viewpoints together for a common purpose. Something we all believe is important.

    Not privy to the precise security arraignments at the Stand Down ,but I’m sure anyone causing a disturbance, like hassling a fellow volunteer, would be politely shown the door.

  19. September 3, 2011 at 10:21 am

    The Rev. Fred Phelps that’s one guy I wouldn’t ever encourage to volunteer at the Stand Down. Aside from him I can’t think of too many others.

  20. Cheers
    September 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Without detracting from Prendergast’s bitterness, U.S. veterans from every conflict have been shafted despite the tens of thousands of soldiers that camped-out on the White House lawn successfully protesting for a GI Bill of Rights following WWI. “Shrill” doesn’t begin to describe their righteous anger.

    It took millions of protesters like Sheehan, working in unison, to end the illegal invasion and occupation of Vietnam. Many called John Kerry a traitor when he threw his metals over the White House gate, yet, he was a close second for president, others also became Senators and Congressmen.

    The difference today, is our gutless academia and media.

    “Free speech for me and not for thee” has become the standard in America, best illustrated by the media and academic blackout on relevance. Self-censorship has kept an entire nation in the dark on recent history and the true costs of an imperial economy.

    The result is ignorance/consumption-induced torpor; people believing that mild opposition passes for moral acuity, a New Majority that doesn’t even vote, but see over-consumption worth unconstitutional invasions and killing.

    Had our newspapers and campuses done their job, few could stomach the carnage of illegal U.S. bombings of 25 nations, (mostly populated by impoverished youths), since WWII.

  21. September 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    We get it, Cheers, you love Sheehan and will not tolerate any criticism of her, but this is a different thread. Get with the program.

  22. robash141
    September 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    . I have to seprerate my personal feelings about cIndy Sheehan and some of her statements with being a representative of the North Coast Stand Down Sure I’d be happy to continue my argument with Cheers ont his subject on the other comment thread

  23. Cheers
    September 3, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Plenty of room here silly people.

    Just like his twin “HiFi”, Joel is compelled to shroud his opponent in lies to defend himself. Shame.

    I’ve listened to, and personally met Cindy Sheehan, Spike Lee, Howard Zinn, Michael Moore, Jerry Brown, among others, can’t say I “love” any of them…it’s their accomplishments that are inspiring.

    I too have criticisms for their early days of stupid comments, but, unlike Joel and a few others, I would be hard-pressed to post my epithets on a public blog announcing their fund-raising efforts for a local cause I (theoretically) support…PRIOR TO THE EVENT!

    Hardly deserving of your mind-boggling contortions to defend.

    In for a penny, in for a pound….

  24. suzy blah blah
    September 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    To every Marine who died in Vietnam, let it be known to all, that they live on. They are immortal

    Yeah right.

  25. September 4, 2011 at 4:54 am

    I’m so IMPRESSED with the “no name” opinions on the blog. You love to preach as long as we don’t knoe who you are. What are you afraid of? Perhaps owning your opinions publicly?

  26. Plain Jane
    September 4, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I’m so surprised that Mr. Prendergast also doesn’t understand that free speech, even anonymous free speech, is free. While it is no doubt frustrating to the sort of person who uses their connections to silence or punish speech they don’t like, on a blog a person’s name is less important than the quality of their argument. Mr. Prendergast’s opinions would be no less anti-free speech if he was anonymous.

  27. September 4, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Speaking only for myself I believe Some people offer Free Speech while others only cheap talk. Considering Mr. Pendergast’s service record , I’d have to place him in the former category rather than the latter.

  28. Plain Jane
    September 4, 2011 at 9:28 am

    You can give weight to anything you like, Robash. IMO, someone’s service record doesn’t excuse their lack of devotion to the very foundations of the democracy they claim to have defended. He is, of course, entitled to his opinions and so is everyone else whether they served in uniform or not.

  29. September 4, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Don’t worry Jane , the Constitution that Mr. Dollison,Mr Pendergast Myself and all the other veterans took an oath to uphold and defend, with our lives if need be, protects cheap talk too.. .

  30. Cheers
    September 4, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I have to agree with Plain Jane.

    All one needs to do is repeat some history, even as recent as yesterday, and salient points get ignored.

    Instead, I’m accused of “loving the enemy” and my identity is called into question.

    How ironic that the Founding Fathers faced the same kinds of tyrants when they published the Federalist Papers anonymously.

  31. Anonymous
    September 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    That’s why most American newspapers reject anonymous opinions.

    They’re often just too salient!

    You know your living in tyranny when the truth is revolutionary.

  32. suzy blah blah
    September 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    May the documents and records on this web site renew their immortality

    This is delusional nonsense.

  33. Anonymous
    September 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    The Federalist Papers began as mere chicken scratchings on numerous kitchen tables. Before that, they were shrill, chaotic complaints from the early settlers…the early blogs.

    Both were dealt with harshly by the English.

    No need for harsh punishment today when unprecedented media consolidation, propaganda, and multiple distribution into every home, has a nation believing that ubiquitous self-censorship is “positive”.

    The delusion is yours.

  34. suzy blah blah
    September 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    “Immortality” my butt. Do you believe in the tooth fairy too?

  35. Anonymous
    September 4, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Don’t know where you’re getting “immortality” from. I’m merely describing how change historically happens.

    The Founding Fathers will be as immortal as the nation they forged.

    It began in anonymity.

  36. suzy blah blah
    September 4, 2011 at 9:45 pm


    I was replying to September 3, 2011 at 5:56 am.

  37. Carl Young
    September 4, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Folks please don’t ever forget what “our” Stand down has done for many local veterans and the families. We see widows of veterans that have no idea that they have available. I have been involved with eleven stand-downs, North Coast and North Bay, and they continue to be A-politcal and we have left the BS at the door. We invite all veterans, surviving spouses, caregivers, and folks involved with veterans. We have some excellent services available.

    Thanks for your time

    Carl Young
    North Coast Stand Stand down

  38. BR
    September 6, 2011 at 1:54 am

    I agree with Carl Young, “leave the BS at the door”. I would add to that the writer of the article trying to push a political bias in the article instead of just writing about the standdown should’ve never been published. Too bad it wasn’t edited before being published.
    That being said, I’m an entertainer who has an email msg in to the entertainment coordinator, and am awaiting reply so that I can be slotted to entertain my brothers and sisters in arms.
    I hope more Veterans get help and onto their feet this year than in the past. Too many have fallen by the wayside and really don’t know how to even start to get assistance and guidance they really need, and have earned.
    –A fellow disabled Veteran

  39. David Prendergast
    September 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I’ll be at the standdown as a volunteer for legal services. I invite all veterans who have any legal questions to stop by and share their questions with me. Semper Fi.

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