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The 4th Annual Columbia County Veteran Stand Down and Job Fair kicked off on Friday, Nov. 9 beginning at 9 a.m. at Foursquare Church, located at 555 Commons Drive in St. Helens. The event will run until 3 p.m. and set up shop again on Saturday during the same hours. 

Phil Butcher of the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program said this year’s Stand Down was the best representation of service providers in any of the Stand Downs hosted in the county in the past 12 years.

“We’ve had dental services that actually drilled and pulled teeth today, we’ve had medical providers like flu shots, clothes given away, tools for troops … we have some employers that are here today that are doing some hiring and some good representation in housing for most any VA benefits that are available,” Butcher said.

To attend the event, Butcher said organizers prefer that those who come are either veterans, family members of veterans or are associated with veterans in some way, “so, that means just about anyone is welcome.”

“We just want to let veterans know that there are services available to help them in their time of need, or any other time, too,” Butcher said.

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