Here’s a testimonial from one Veteran
September 10, 2019: “Hello, My name is John. My story is like many of my brethren. I am a Veteran of the U.S. Army. I saw deployments while I was in. When my E.T.S. was up, instead of going home to my family, I went to the streets of Akron, Ohio. There I lived, for three years. I would send letters to tell my family I was alright, but I was not. Then, I met a fellow Vet who told me about the Summit County Stand Down and how it helps homeless Vets get help they need. I came to the program and found the help I needed. Now, five years later, I am back with my family, and now this year, I am helping the same group that helped me, but now as a 1st year shepherd.”
Sadly, Laura passed away in 2015 after a brief illness and we conducted our first Stand Down without her in September 2015.
Because of the outpouring of love for this inspirational leader and highly-admired Veteran, we have named the official website for the Summit County Stand Down, "Laura's Stand Down", so that we remember her philosophy to provide Veterans the community resources and support without judgment, and with love and compassion. She believed these services are offered as a "hand-up, not a hand-out"!
Here is a snapshot of Laura's vast experience in supporting Veterans and the community.
Laura Williams Dunlop's Pedigree
The Summit County Stand Down was the first of ONLY two Ohio-based stand downs exclusively conducted for veterans and provides no-cost, confidential services through a collaborative partnership involving more than 30 veterans groups and governmental agencies to the homeless or displaced veterans of Summit County before the winter months.
Our annual event is registered with the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
If you're considering a volunteer opportunity in Summit County, that has a direct impact on serving homeless or displaced veterans, there is probably no better, single event to be associated.