Stand Down Events Support Homeless Vets

October 2, 2013 - Posted By Vets Vehicles

homeless veteran at stand down event

Stand downs are three day events sponsored by the Department of VA to support homeless veterans in local communities year-round.

The idea of a Stand Down originates from a term used during the Vietnam War to describe a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. A Stand Down was a secure base camp where troops could receive medical and dental care, mail, a hot meal and the opportunity to interact with other troops in a safe environment. Just as Stand Downs in Vietnam were meant to offer war-weary soldiers a place to renew their sense of health, well-being and spirit, Stand Down events for homeless vets are also meant to provide support, encouragement and a sense of safety.

Stand Downs provide the following services for homeless veterans:

  • Food, shelter and clothing
  • Health screenings
  • VA and Social Security benefits counseling
  • Referrals for healthcare, housing, employment and substance use treatment

To see a schedule of upcoming Stand Down events, click here.

Photo courtesy of VA.Gov.