Veteran Stand Down event helps thousands of vets in Santa Barbara County

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The sixth annual Santa Barbara County Veteran Stand Down helped thousands of local vets Saturday morning. 

The Santa Maria Fairpark was packed as thousands of veterans received support and guidance from more than 600 volunteers. More than 95 different services were provided, everything from free clothing, shoes, food, to haircuts, guidance counseling and more.

Santa Barbara County Supervisor Steve Lavagnino has been a part of the team organizing the event for years.

"There's no question there is a need in our veteran community," said Lavagnino. "What we're trying to do is get people reconnected with the community, so our veterans know they can come in, they know somebody outside of social services, they know somebody inside behavioral wellness, so they make that connection and makes this a 365 day event."

Local soldiers from Vandenberg Air Force Base volunteered their time to help veterans, some of whom are homeless, get the services they need.

"I'm just blown away by the relationship between the military and the community," said Chief Master Sgt. Diana Mosley. "We wouldn't be here without our veterans. Obviously you know somebody came before us so it's absolutely vital that we're out here supporting our veterans." 

For more information about the Santa Barbara County Veteran Stand Down, click here.

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