Veterans get helping hand from Correctional Training Facility staff

Acting as bailiffs for the Monterey County Stand Down Event are, from left, Capt. Don Metcalf, Sgt. Patricia Evans, Lt. Victor Khan and Lt. Roland Ramon.

Acting as bailiffs for the Monterey County Stand Down Event are, from left, Capt. Don Metcalf, Sgt. Patricia Evans, Lt. Victor Khan and Lt. Roland Ramon.

By Lt. Roland Ramon, AA/Public Information Officer
Correctional Training Facility

The Monterey County Veterans Stand Down event recently received a boost from staff at the Correctional Training Facility, Soledad (CTF).

The three-day event seeks to assist homeless veterans in the Central California coastal area. The Stand Down provides a full range of veteran services for individuals and families.  The offered services range from healthcare to legal issues. Veterans are given the opportunity to review, update and obtain service records.

CTF standdown 3 2016About 500 volunteers, including dentists, optometrists, judges, bailiffs, substance abuse counselors, students, church volunteers and others, attended the Aug. 19-21 event.

On Aug. 20, CTF staff provided bailiff support to tent courtrooms run by local judges to address misdemeanor charges faced by veterans.

This was the third time the event was held in Monterey County, and the services offered to veterans continue to grow.

“It is wonderful that veterans are being honored and taken care of,” said one volunteer. “The volunteers are given an opportunity to say thank you and give back to the brave men and women of our armed services.”

Another volunteer pointed out that the services provided to the Homeless Veterans population in Monterey County is an ongoing need.

Services such as courts and health care were made available to the veterans.

Services such as courts and health care were made available to the veterans.

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