Veterans Helping Veterans, established 1999





August 22 - 24, 2019

Cotton Rosser Pavillion

Riverfront Park

1010 Bizz Johnson Drive

   Marysville, CA.


Standing Tall For Veterans Dinner

On October 12, 2018, The Yuba Sutter-Veterans Stand Down, hosted the 2nd Annual Standing Tall for Veterans Fundraising Dinner with over 370 attending at Colusa Casino. THANK YOU to Nick Micheli and the ENTIRE planning committee for putting together one SPECTACULAR event!!!! The raffle prizes and live auction items were AMAZING!! And of course we culminated the evening with the drawing of a Quad, a Side by Side and a 2018 Chevy Cruz, CONGRATULATIONS to all of our winners!! Thank you to ALL of our Sponsors! Also a huge THANK YOU to all who attended and all who have contributed over these past many months!! Your financial support will ensure the continued mission of supporting over 30 thousand veterans who reside within our area which include Butte, Colusa, Yuba and Sutter Counties. The proceeds raised are vital to providing the needed support to our veterans, active or non-active military, seniors, disabled veterans, veterans spouses and dependents. Support that includes but not limited to transportation, housing, meals and shelter for homeless veterans and their families. Thank you to the Beale Air Force Honor Guard for the Presentation of Colors and Flag Folding Ceremony we truly are GRATEFUL for your service! Finally THANK YOU to the management and staff of the Colusa Casino for providing a STUNNING venue and DELICIOUS meal!!!


Veteran of the Year Mike Nichols

Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) honored Mike Nichols as the 2018 Veteran of the Year for the 3rd Assembly District at the State Capitol. Nichols started volunteering with the Yuba-Sutter Veteran’s Stand Down in 2005. In 2008 he was elected as the Vice President, and since 2010 he has served as the President.

“Under Mike’s leadership the Yuba-Sutter Stand Down is the second largest in the state, serving over 850 clients each year, which is why the State Assembly honored him today as the Veteran of the Year,” said Gallagher. “Mike supports almost every veteran related event in the area with his time and countless services. It is my honor to recognize one of our leaders in the Veteran community.”

After serving in the Army in Vietnam and being awarded the Purple Heart, Nichols joined United Parcel Service and rose through the ranks to become a successful member of their management team. After retiring in 2005, Nichols started volunteering with the Yuba-Sutter Stand Down. In 2006-2007, he managed the receiving, distribution, and maintenance of the Stand Down warehouse.

The Veteran’s Stand Down in Marysville is an annual event that brings local and federal resources together to serve veterans. Nichols coordinates services such as security, mental, dental, clinical, eye health, VA counseling, food, haircuts, and at least another 30 programs.

The effort to put on the annual event requires a year-long commitment. Nichols’ resolve to advocate for at-risk veterans in the Yuba-Sutter community has a wide reach. In 2015, Nichols worked with groups and veterans in twenty California counties to collect or barter supplies in order to meet the needs of local veterans.

Gallagher and Nichols attended the 11th Annual Veteran of the Year Recognition Luncheon with other veterans and state lawmakers. Veteran of the Year honorees were recognized from Assembly Districts across the state.

Yuba Sutter Veterans Stand Down

Is a Partner Agency with

Yuba- Sutter-Colusa United Way

The Yuba Sutter United Way is committed to creating long-lasting changes with measurable improvements within the Yuba, Sutter , and Colusa County areas by focusing their efforts on building blocks for a better life.

As part of that commitment, United Way invests in high performance non-profit organizations that provide programs and services that provide programs and services that align with their strategic priorities and impact areas.  United Way has determined Stand Down to be such a non-profit organization. 



What is the Veteran’s Stand Down?

The original Stand Down for the homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being. Stand Down is an intervention that was conceived from the ground up specifically for veterans. It is designed to transform the despair and immobility of homeless into the momentum necessary to get into recovery, to resolve legal issues, to seek employment, to access health and benefits, to reconnect with the community and to get off the streets…A very tall order for a three-day event. Stand Down is a belief in the triumph of the human spirit over extraordinary odds. It grows out of a conviction that the overwhelming number of homeless veterans on the streets of America is unacceptable and that the veteran community itself must respond. Each year the Yuba-Sutter Veterans Stand Down has grown, been refined to meet the needs of our veterans, homeless or not, all active duty personnel and their dependents. There are organizations / agencies and more than 2,800 and growing volunteers from all walks of life that make Stand Down happen. Some never set foot on the Stand Down field; others are there from the first day of set up until the site is returned to its original form. Perhaps the hallmark of success is that each year more and more of our volunteers were once participants who have made the courageous move to change their lives.





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