Big Bend Veteran Resource Office distributing school supplies

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Joe Utter

MOSES LAKE – The Big Bend Community College Veteran Resource Office is helping military veterans and their families prepare for the upcoming school year during its first school supply distribution Aug. 21 and 22.

The event is being held in connection with Operation Homefront’s annual Back-to-School Brigade, a nationwide school supply collection, and distribution program.

“We are honored to host the annual “Back-to-School Brigade here at Big Bend,” said Jim Leland, Big Bend Veteran Resource officer. “Through the reach and generosity of Operation Homefront, we are able to provide free school supplies to veterans and their families in our community.”

Last year, Operation Homefront distributed more than 41,000 bags of school supplies to military children.

Supplies will be provided on a first come, first serve basis and are intended for dependents of veterans, active military, guard, and reserves as well as all ranks of post 9/11 wounded, ill or injured, who will be in kindergarten through 12th grade for the upcoming school year.

Supplies are being distributed at the Big Bend Transitional Studies building (7700) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21 and 22. Parents will need to bring their military ID, DD Form 214 or driver’s license showing veteran status, as well as a bag or backpack for school supplies.

For more information, call (509) 793-2312.

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