Allen W. Erickson founded Northwest Montana Veterans’ Stand Down in 2000. “Stand Down” is a military term used to define a period of time when combat troops are allowed to stand down from the rigors of constant alert status and the hardships of battle to enter a safe zone where they can eat, rest and receive medical treatment. We believe the term is a fitting description that defines our mission to extend a helping hand up to veterans.
Montana has one of the largest populations of veterans per capita. The Stand Downs are a collaborative community outreach which have allowed us to proffer assistance to as many as 2,500 veterans in a single weekend. While many veterans make Stand Down an annual event, each year we see many new faces and educate hundreds of veterans who do not realize they are entitled to services or benefits.
The annual Veterans Appreciation Day BBQ in Kalispell will be held this year May 27th, 2017 at the Flathead County Fair Grounds in the EXPO Building and the annual two-day Libby Stand Down, one of the largest in the nation, is held the first weekend in October.
Volunteers serve a warm meal (Libby only) and distribute bedding, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, surplus winter and survival gear, new and used clothing, boots, toiletries, food boxes, flu shots, hair cuts, medical services, referrals and so much more to veterans and their dependents.
Available service providers vary by location and year; please come prepared to show Proof of Service as it is a requirement to gain access to Stand Down.
Upcoming Stand Downs Libby Stand Down Check out the flyer below.