Pine Bluffs Post - Serving all of Eastern Laramie County since 1908

Helping Veterans "Veterans' Rock"


August 27, 2020

Penny Merryfield/Pine Bluffs Post

Julie Miller with Frank Castillo of Carpenter with Cindy Stockdale (in back) of Veterans' Rock

Not all who help Veterans are Veterans...but there is a strong tie there. Thus, we have the new "Veterans' Rock".

Members of Veterans Voluntary Services have joined together and formed the new "Veterans' Rock" and the 501(c)3 is solely for the support of Veterans and their families.

"Our mission is Rock solid support for homeless Veterans, Veterans in need, and their families. We will be their foundation on which to build a new household and a new life." stated Cindy Stockdale, one of the board members.

Board members consist of Stockdale - President, Bob Dockins - Vice President, Sandra Dockins - Secretary, and Aubrey Halik - Treasurer.

Stockdale explained the need for aid for our Veterans. "With changes being made, and COVID-19 we needed to establish a help center for our Veterans." she said.

"We are strictly volunteer and are looking for anyone willing to donate time to help those who have served our country, and not just time in our center. We also need volunteers who can write grants, fix up the place, organize donations that have come in, and spend time with the Veterans and assist them getting items they need." Stockdale said.

Not only can the Veterans receive items for newly set housing, but they will receive items to live a healthy life and nourishment. "They can come in, have a beverage, sit in our meeting area and converse." Stockdale stated. "Part of what we do is not only provide essential items for setting up their new housing, but we also provide guidance to help them through tough times of being homeless, or just going through a tough time." she added.

Their mission statement went on to say...We will help to lessen the burden of mental injury and fight to overpower Veteran Suicide through the welcoming presence in a warm, comfortable environment. They fought for our freedom, now we want to help them live free of everyday burdens in small, but impactful ways.

Veterans Rock is located at 605 South Greeley Highway, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Their hours of taking item donations is Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Items that can be donated for the center are: Washer and dryer, kitchen sink with cabinet, kitchen cabinets with drawers, two electric soup pots, large coffee pot, at least 32 cups, hot plates, folding tables 6' and 8', two small office desks,chairs, clothing racks, plastic storage bins, shelving, computers, all sorts of cleaning supplies - brooms, mops etc., coffee, sugar, coffee creamer, paper products - tissues, plates, bowls, napkins, plastic ware, cups.

Penny Merryfield/Pine Bluffs Post

Cindy Stockdale - Veterans' Rock and Diane Wise of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 60 - Pine Bluffs go over the list of items needed.

Monetary funds are accepted for the monthly expenses, utilities, rent, phone, security cameras, office supplies etc. "While we are in our early stages, yes we are open, and Veterans may come in for assistance." Stockdale confirmed.

Items accepted for Veterans are: clothing, small household furniture, coffee pots, crockpots, toasters, kitchen items - cups, bowls, pots and pans, everything you can imagine for helping a homeless Veteran set up home.

Non perishable snack foods, towelettes, gift cards for food, gas, car repairs etc. are also needed.

The center has an area of items that are for sale to bring in more money for monthly expenses.

"We have our work cut out for us" she said, "and we are looking for help in setting up an email address, a website, and much more." Stop by and visit us, or call 307-421-5053 and leave a message.


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