The Delta Veterans Group (DVG) Board of Directors, with deep sadness, had made the decision to postpone Stand Down on the Delta for 2021, we are providing additional information.
The Board of Directors did not make this decision alone, but with the recommendation and guidance of the Department of Veterans Affairs Health to include our local Medical VA OPC in Martinez, CA, Contra Costa County Health Department as well as our Community Partners.
The DVG Board has elected to conduct a “Stand-Up on the Delta 2022” and has secured the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds for May 31 through June 8, 2022. The Stand-Up on the Delta will take place June 3-5, 2022, a three-day event.
Although Stand-Up on the Delta will be different from a traditional Stand Down event, it will provide many services that our veterans in the Bay Area need. This event will be opened to all veterans and will have service providers from our 4-core areas (Health, Employment, Housing and Education). We still plan on having our “Fishing on the Delta”, Roller Skating, Car Show, Animal Care, Clothing, Legal Aid, Veteran Information Seminars, Veteran Legislative Seminars, Barbers, Bands, DMV, Health Fair, Dental, Vision and other essential services. The main difference is that there will be no overnight housing and the Stand-Up will be held every day from 8 AM to 6 PM.
The VA on a national scale has decided to step away from supporting 52 Stand Downs across our nation this year. As we watched the COVID 19 numbers increase daily, including among those who have been vaccinated, we became extremely concerned for the safety of our volunteers and veterans. Many of our service organizations and individual volunteers have informed us they would be unable to attend due to the increase in COVID 19 cases affecting their safety and the safety of their employees.
Statement issued by Delta Veterans Group