On Sept. 10, members and staff with the VISTA project at Delta State University’s Center for Community and Economic Development joined efforts with the Gulf Coast Veterans Advocacy Council, Inc. and the Washington County Board of Supervisors to host the 2016 Delta Stand Down for more than 400 participants in recognition of National Day of Service and Remembrance.
On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, a total of 15 agencies provided services and connected more than 300 veterans and their families to health, education and federal benefits. Some of these agencies included the Division of Medicaid, Veterans Association of Memphis, VA Hospital of Jackson, Humana, Mississippi Valley State University and the American Red Cross.
More than 20 volunteers from the Washington County area assisted with preparing lunch for attendees, helping exhibitors and issuing supplies to veterans, such as blankets, boots, backpacks and sleeping bags
Eric Simmons, mayor of Greenville; Kenneth Johnson, mayor of Mound Bayou; and several members of the Washington County Board of Supervisors participated in the Stand Down.
Learn more about VISTA at https://www.deltastate.edu/academics/graduate-and-continuing-studies/center-for-community-economic-development/mdscamericorpsvolunteers-in-service-to-america/.