The Arthur, Antelope, Brown American Legion Post 84 Color Guard presented the colors at a recent event in Riverton. (Ernie Over photo)

(Arapahoe, Wyo.) – The Arapaho Legion Post #84 will be sponsoring an Veteran’s Fair/Stand Down Friday and Saturday at Great Plains Hall.

“The purpose of the Stand Down is to bring all local resources together for all area veterans and their families,” said Martin Blackburn, Sr., one of the Stand Down Coordinators. The event begins Friday at 10 a.m.

According to information provided by Blackburn, “The Stand Down historically is also known as R&R (rest and recovery). In times of war, combat exhausted units from the front lines requiring R&R would return to a safe base cap where they were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends.”

“Today, the same concept of the Stand Down refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nations’ homeless veterans,” according to Blackburn. “This particular Stand Down will provide valuable resources for our local veterans and their families with food, clothing, medical, legal and mental health assistance, veteran benefits, job counseling and referral, housing needs, family services and other resources that may be beneficial to a veteran. Most important, companionship and camaraderie.”

There is no charge for the services.