New Bern’s Veterans Stand-down has been cancelled.

Lovay Wallace-Singleton, founder of the Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden, stands at the non-profit's new home at 1235 Pollock Street in New Bern. VEBCOG assists disabled, disadvantaged and homeless veterans to acquire employment, agricultural skills and veteran specific information. [TODD WETHERINGTON / SUN JOURNAL STAFF]

New Bern’s once-a-year Veterans Stand-down, which helps disabled, disadvantaged and homeless veterans, has turn out to be still an additional casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commonly held in February, organizers cited ongoing CDC crowd restrict and safety prerequisites in their final decision to terminate this year’s occasion, which started in 2014 and was held most not too long ago at the West New Bern Recreation Middle. 

Sponsored by the NC Veterans Work Foundation Camp and Natural Backyard garden (VEBCOG) along with NCWorks Vocation Center and Cherry Position Baptist Church, the occasion serves homeless and deprived veterans as properly as loved ones customers of veterans and lively obligation personnel.

The Veterans Stand-Down mainly benefits homeless veterans in Craven, Pamlico, Jones and Carteret counties but is open to veterans of all eras, active responsibility staff, household members and caregivers. Products and services provided at earlier Veterans Stand-Downs have included: veterans advantages counseling, homeless avoidance, suicide avoidance, recovery and psychological wellness, housing means, women of all ages vets-particular expert services, instructional systems and work possibilities.