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North Valley Stand Down Helps Veterans In Court and on the Streets

Published On: Oct 25 2012 07:50:29 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 25 2012 08:03:41 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

Veterans and volunteers gathered on Thurs. to prepare for the seventh annual North Valley Stand Down.

The event aims to help veterans having a rough time transitioning at home combat life on the streets. It is an opportunity for veterans who have made mistakes during their return home to get a second chance.

After a veteran is convicted of a minor crime, he or she can register with the North Valley Stand Down organization, put in some community service time and eventually meet with a judge to improve the sentencing for the crime at hand. This is something that organizers say can make a big difference in court.

"It takes the pressure off of them, the stress of court and getting a small sentence were they work it off and being around other veterans where they can collaborate, that they have their brotherhood, they get to meet new friends, new people that they trust and they get a lot of care here," said North Valley Stand Down's Jim Richardson.

Organizers say that the court system will continue working closely with the North Valley Stand Down program to ensure veterans continue getting the help they need.

The event will be held from Oct. 25-28. Fore more information, visit them on the web here.