Tina Addison was one of many veterans who attended Friday morning's Stand Down at Great Plains Hall. She was visiting with Lori McGee at the State Veteran's Service table. (Ernie Over photo)

(Arapahoe, Wyo.) – Veterans from across Fremont County gathered for a Stand Down at Great Plains Hall this morning and to learn of resources that they may not have known about.

One of those veterans who said she didn’t know what she didn’t know was Tina Addison, who served in Army Aviation from 1995 to 2001. “I was glad to see this event today and all the information that is available,” she said. “There are so many collaborative resources here to help all of us who don’t know where to go.”

Among the agencies represented at the Stand Down were the Riverton Veterans Hall, Veterans Administration, Wyoming Workforce Services, Small Business Association, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, the Wyoming Veterans Outreach and Advocacy Program, the University of Wyoming Educational Opportunity Centers, housing assistance representatives, the Wyoming Veterans Commission and three hair stylists giving free haircuts to veterans.

One of the major functions of the event was to help homeless veterans and the parking lot at Great Plains was largely taken up with surplus clothing, boots and shoes, backpacks, blankets, sleeping bags, cots, and you name it. One veteran joked that “this all looks so familiar. I’ve worn this before.”

The Stand Down continues through Saturday afternoon at Great Plains Hall.

Raymond C. Dewey, US Army veteran, served from 1975-79 in the 1st 39th Mechanical Infantry, 8th Division. He was looking for a pair of boots at the event where surplus military equipment had been laid out for the veterans. (Ernie Over photo)

Raymond C. Dewey, US Army veteran, served from 1975-79 in the 1st 39th Mechanical Infantry, 8th Division. He was looking for a pair of boots at the event where surplus military equipment had been laid out for the veterans. (Ernie Over photo)