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Well folks…the report is in. We have been able to go over all the sign in sheets, survey forms (both vendor and veteran) and other sources of the metrics for the Montezuma Stand Down for Veterans. Our 2nd annual event was a huge improvement over the 1st event held last year. What with COVID and all the uncertainty, it was a difficult year to predict. So buckle your seat belt folks and ride along with us as we tell you how it went.
First, the surveys. A overwhelming percentage told us they had a great time and they would come back. This was true among the vendors and veterans. Some good feed back to help us get better, so the committee will digest that and see what adjustments need to be made. Words like “fantastic”, “amazing” etc were seen as comments.
Next is the food bags/boxes. The food was a hit. This is something that we did not do last year, but are very likely to do next year. 67 bags/boxes were signed for. We are proud that we were able to help people in any way we could.
The military gear (boots, back packs, sleeping bags, clothes etc) was very well received. Thanks to the VA Team out of Grand Junction. Amazing. We will see what can be done next year.
The food served as meals went well. Burritos, pizza and ribs were a good cross match. We will continue to do this with the coffee, donuts and water/soft drinks.
Now the news you have all been waiting for…the dessert for the meal. Last year we projected for 100 veterans and actually got 113. This year we wanted to challenge ourselves. With our flyers, Mesa Media, news print and radio exposure we got the word out. We projected for 150. The final count….drum roll please…162 veterans and 55 non-veterans were confirmed via the sign up sheets. Now one of the things we wanted to do this year is to look at the family members who came to the event. We serve them by helping their veteran, so combined we hit the 217 mark.
So the final analysis….217 people served at the event. 162 confirmed veterans. This is fantastic.
Our Commander, Tom Endres, is very grateful to all of you who came to the event and especially to those who worked so hard to make the event a success. For such a new thing for our Post, it shows that with the proper leadership and motivation we can do great things. And always remember…it is about the veterans.