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 WE'RE GEARING UP FOR 2017 COWLITZ EXPO                                     AND STAND DOWN!!!

OCTOBER 16, 2017 - 10AM-3PM

900 ASH STREET - KELSO, WA 98682






2016 Cowlitz Expo and Stand Down

What a GREAT Success!! 

The Cowlitz Co Veteran Expo & Stand Down team would like to thank every one who helped make this event such a great success.  To all of our sponsors & volunteers, who truly stepped up to the plate this year, you are amazing!

With the high level of lead detected in the Longview Armory and the 3 month, Oct - Dec, bathroom remodel, it was a given.  We needed to change the location.  The new facility proved to be a smart choice!  Although a few have stated it was confusing and people showed up at the armory, we consulted with the full time staff at the Longview Armory and they stated 'no one showed up here looking for the event and we were here for 10 hours on the 18th'.

Each one of our Veterans and family members, seeking assistance or needed questions answered, are being followed up with.  Our veterans and family members are currently receiving follow-up care & situational management. 

Many who came seeking dental assistance are being managed by our local dentist.  Veterans will receive full dental care until completion, including  tooth extractions, partials, root canals, fillings, cosmetic dentistry & more.  This will be at no cost to the veteran.  We also had several who signed up with Annie Sullivan - Community Health Partners - Veteran Free Dental Clinic.

The needs of our homeless veterans, who attended, are being met by several amazing agencies within our county.  

Preliminary breakdown of our event;


  • 25 where homeless
  • 29 felt they would be homeless in 12 months
  • 28 in need of food
  • 51 in need of clothing
  • 39 needed dental work
  • 30 do not have any type of health/dental insurance
  • 79 had served in a war
  • 60 had previously served in a war zone

Written comments from providers - 2016 completion survey;

"Our space was perfect!  I love the location" Warm Hearts/Warm Coats

"Awesome venue" VFW Aux

"Stand down team met all our needs and we will be back next year" CAP

"Location and Stand Down team are excellent! The lighting for the hairstylist was excellent, turnout for haircuts was high.  Great turn out.  Best Stand Down we've ever been to" -  Hands of Favor

"Appreciate the Stand Down committee proactively reaching out to remind of the event" -  Attorney Generals Office

" The location and Stand down committee met our needs!  Thank you!"   -Housing Opportunities of SW Washington

"We will participate in the Stand down again & the location met our needs!" - ARC of Cowlitz Co

"Very organized.  Overheard veterans talking about how their questions are being answered and are very pleased!"  - DAV Van Transportation

"Great event!  Everyone seemed so comfortable"  - VFW Post 1045

"Thank you so much for inviting us again!  We will participate every year!"  - Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

"We will definitely participate next year!" Department of Social Health Services (DSHS)

"One of the best Stand Downs we've been to.  We will be back next year"  - Work Source

"Very friendly group.  The Veteran attendees are happy"  - Salvation Army

"Our office would love to help in any capacity.  Thank you for what you do!"  - U.S. Army Recruiting office

"Thank you for inviting us!  We will attend again!" - Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network

"This was a wonderful event.  We were happy to participate"  - Social Security Administration

"This was awesome!  I hope C-Hope can be part of this event next year!  - C-HOPE

"Thank you for all the great work that you do on behalf of veterans"  - Senator Patty Murray's office

"Thank you for your service to the veterans" -  Area Agency on Aging/Disabilities

"Very good event, the Stand Down team works hard!"  - Cavalry Chapel

"Great service for our citizens"  - Dentist

"I am a U.S. Navy Veteran and strongly support this event.  Thank you for all the help you provide to our vets in need"  Longview/Kelso Elks

We will participate in the stand down again next year.  The Stand Down team met our needs and we liked the location" -  Washington Department of Veteran Affairs

"Like the location and enjoyed stories from vets and their families/friends" - Cowlitz Indian Tribe

"The location met our needs and we will be back next year!" - 1414 club

"The event was great, thank you for letting me be a part of it.  Everyone did a great job.  Will absolutely attend next year!" WA National Guard

The Stand Down team met our needs and I would like to be a part of this events planning!" A First Place

"Very well organized....Love it, Thank you!" Lower Columbia CAP

"Outstanding!" Cowlitz County Veterans Center

"This is a terrific program for our vets!!  The veterans that attended were very appreciative"


Rite Aid Pharmacy

A BIG Thank you to Rite Aid Pharmacy in Longview, WA for helping us keep our Veterans well! They will be supplying free flu shots for our homeless veterans again, this year!  Providers & volunteers can receive their flu shots, too, with proof of insurance.

Thank you so much Rite Aid for helping us make a difference in our community.  It's personal with us too!


Cowlitz Veteran Expo & Stand Down overview

The Cowlitz Co Veterans Expo & Stand Down is a one day event providing services to all our Veterans, Service Members, veteran widows, their families & homeless Veterans.  

Resource & Referral for food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA assistance,  & Social Security benefit counseling. Veterans may also receive referrals in other areas, such as dental, health care, housing solutions, employment, substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling. This is a collaborative event with government agencies and community-based service providers that benefit all our Veterans. Our event in 2016 will display the restructuring of the prior stand Down events to accommodate all Veterans, Service Members and their families. 

We will provide coats, flu & pneumonia shots, hair cuts, & lunch during the event to our Veterans. 

Providers: Please note that if you hosted a table last year, you will have first right of refusal for this years event.  We already have a waiting list for providers. 


If you are a new provider and would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email at  with your Stand Down application attached.

Donation Disclaimer

No person, webpage or entity is permitted to take donations for the Cowlitz County Stand Down Event accept those approved by the Board and documented in CCVSD minutes.

We fall under no other 501(c)3 than Elks Lodge #1482 in Kelso, WA.  Although we are in support of all Veteran Service Organizations, we are not financially affiliated with any Veteran Organization in Cowlitz County, WA State or National Organization, when it comes to donations and/or in-kind gifting.

If you believe someone outside of the CCVSD is soliciting donations, please contact us and/or contact your local authorities.

Cowlitz County Stand Down  meeting Dates 2016

Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 5:00pm, starting May 2016.  Dates are as follows.

May 9, 2016

June 13, 2016

July 11, 2016

Aug 8, 2016

Sept 10, 2016

Veteran Expo & Stand Down

Tuesday - October 18, 2016

Cowlitz County 2016 Veteran Expo & Stand Down will be hosted on Tuesday,  the 18th of October 2016, 10:00am - 3:00pm. 

Lunch & Beverages will be provided for our Veterans, Service Providers & Volunteers.

Provider registrations are no longer available on the 'Cowlitz Providers Application & Info' tab

Event Info:

Calvary Chapel

902 Ash Street - Kelso, WA - 98626

10:00am - 3:00pm

Set up for Providers; Monday, Oct 17th -  1:00pm-5:00pm  and/or Tuesday Oct 18th from 7:30am - 9:30am


Providers Available that have been available in past years

VA Community Development

VA My Healthy Vets

ebenefits online

Service Record ordering

WA State Attorney General

Cowlitz Drug Court


Salvation Army

Vet Corps


Human Services

NW Justice Project



Alcoholics Anonymous



Soldiers Angels

Vocational Rehab


Longview Housing

Cowlitz Veteran Service Center


Diabetic Shoes


DAV Van Transportation

Lower Columbia College

Cowlitz Valley Service Office


American Legion

Marine Corps League

Warm Coats Warm Hearts


Thank you RiverCities Transit for providing much needed transportation for our Cowlitz County  Veterans!!

Did you know?

WA State hosts...

607,000 Veterans
60,000 Active Duty
19,000 Guard and Reserve
2,000,000 Family Members

The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Washington is 6,897,012, which is ranked the 13th largest population in the United States. Based on the last census in 2010, this shows a 2.6% increase in the population of the state of Washington. Based on the population and based on the area of the state, the population density of the state is 103 people per square mile, ranked the 25th largest density in the United States.


Veteran ID Cards for non-retired are coming!

MELISSA SANTOS - Staff writer

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