United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

Stand Down 2011


 Chicago Area Stand Down for Homeless Veterans
 2010 Chicago Area Stand Down for Homeless Veterans 

Who is Stand down for?

Stand Down 2011 is for Chicago area homeless veterans who represent about 30% of the homeless in our city.  The Chicago-area Vet Centers, VA Medical Centers and more than 30 public and private, federal/state and city agencies lead the Stand down effort.

When is Stand Down?

August 5-6, 2011 - Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on August 5 and closes by noon on August 6.  The Stand-down will take place at the National Guard Armory at 5200 S. Cottage Grove Avenue.

What will happen at Stand Down?

Hundreds of volunteers will provide Chicago area homeless veterans a wide range of services and resources, which include:

  • 5 meals with a Sack Supper to go on Saturday, August 5
  • Medical services
  • Optical services
  • Housing information/applications
  • VA benefit information, review of possible discharge upgrades
  • Stand Down Photo Ids
  • Department of Human Services and Social Security information/applications
  • Employment opportunities
  • Legal Assistance
  • Haircuts, clothing, entertainment, recreational activities
  • Women’s services
  • Friendship, bonding, and camaraderie


Why do we need a Stand Down?

Surviving by their wits, the homeless rely on limited rations under extreme conditions.  Like a soldier, a homeless person’s experience is both dangerous and debilitating.  On a daily basis, the homeless must deal with lack of safe shelter, physical and emotional disability, and a recurrent state of hopelessness and isolation.

The concept of Stand Down comes from the military practice of removing exhausted combat units from the field of combat to a place of relative safety where they can rest and recover.  Standdown 2011 represents that safe haven for homeless veterans.  The goals are to:

  • Provide a respite from the rigors of life on the street
  • Help Chicago homeless veterans obtain permanent housing
  • Assist attendees in establishing a source of income either through employment or
  • Stabilize participants’ health conditions

How can I help at Stand Down?

Stand Down survives through the labor of hundreds of volunteers and the donations of veteran’s service organizations and private businesses.  If you are interested in donating for this event please call (708 ) 383-3225.

Edward Hines Jr.
VAMC Hospital
5000 S. Fifth Ave.
Hines, IL 60141
Phone: (708) 202-8387

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