The Missoula Veteran Stand Down 2014 presented by Joining Community Forces is taking place at the Missoula Armed Forces Reserve Center this upcoming Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anton Johnson with the Missoula Vet Center has more details:

"We're going to have all service providers available for the Missoula area and western Montana," Johnson said. "Veterans should come down and get some information about benefits, guidance on different things going on in the veteran community and area, as well as some surplus gear for homeless veterans or veterans at risk that might need some stuff to make it through the winter."

Johnson said attendees should be prepared to provide identification and proof of service in one of the branches of the uniformed Services.

"The stand down is actually a national thing through homeless programs and it's just there to provide veterans the opportunity to take care of themselves," Johnson said. "This event is open to all veterans, Active Duty-Guard-Reserve personnel and dependents with escort. So if you're a veteran that needs a hand to going through the line, you can bring someone with you to help you. No other entries will be accepted."

For more information or to volunteer, contact Brian Becker of the Missoula Vet Center at (406) 721-4918