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Homeless Veteran Stand Down

Homeless Veteran

The first Stand Down was organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam Veterans in San Diego. Since then, Stand Downs have been used as an effective tool in reaching out to homeless Veterans.

Friday, October 29, 2010

"Stand Down" is military terminology referring to the brief period of time a soldier leaves an active combat area in order to rest and regain strength. The Chicago Area Stand Down will bring a wide range of specialized resources together to provide homeless Veterans with comprehensive medical and psychosocial services.

Stand Downs are one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs' efforts to provide services to homeless veterans. Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless Veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security
benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the

The Chicago Stand Down will offer Veterans an opportunity to connect with VA medical services, Veteran Service Organizations, VA Regional Office, and programs specific to women and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans. This is also an opportunity for all Veterans to receive information specific to VA services and community resources.


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