La Porte hosts Military Veteran Stand Down

Stand Down is a concept that was created during the Vietnam War. A Stand Down was time away from the battlefield when soldiers could rest from combat and take care of personal hygiene, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, and enjoy the camaraderie of battle buddies in a safe environment. 

Today the goal of a Stand Down is to help veterans and their families who are experiencing financial obstacles. For some, it is a time to receive a warm meal and clothing. For others, it is a life-changing event.  

Our Community Partners:  WorkOne of Northwest Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Indiana Whiskey, Indiana Legal Services, Inc – Military Assistance Project (MAP), Center for Hospice Care, Humana, Wise Company, Red Cross, The Country Caterers

Due to COVID-19, this year’s Stand Down will be held as a drive-thru event. There will be two ways for veterans to enter the event. The most preferable option is for veterans to remain in their vehicles and drive thru. Veterans will have access to most of the services as in past Stand Downs, but from the comfort and safety of their vehicles. There will be a pedestrian service tent available for those who are not able to access the event by driving thru.  Upon arrival, a volunteer will check you in, you will proceed through the event in your vehicle and stop at stations to pick up the various items that will be available. If you are a pedestrian, volunteers will assist you to access the giveaways. As in the past, we provide free items such as survival backpacks, hygiene kits, some clothing items, and a free meal To-Go.  Please bring a DD214 or a Military ID.

Instead of having the vendor fair, we are asking local agencies and businesses to provide information for the veteran resource folders, if you would like to volunteer or make a donation, please contact Jill Powers at or (574) 400-5487.

 Veterans are asked to pre-register for this event if possible at:  

Friday, August 7th / Noon to 3:00 pm

 LaPorte County Fairgrounds
2581 IN-2
LaPorte, IN 46516

For more information, contact
Jill Powers/Veterans Program Manager
Phone – (574) 400-5487
Email –