Bay Pines VA Hosts Stand Down for Homeless Veterans

From a previous Operation Stand Down.

The concept of the  “Stand Down” originates from the Vietnam War when units were given respite away from combat operations – it’s used now as a way to provide services, benefits and camaraderie to veterans who are homeless or to help other veterans at risk of homelessness.

There’s a long history of  Stand Downs for homeless veterans which originated in San Diego in 1988. It’s a movement that’s spread nationwide and coordinated through the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans. Some last for two or three days, while others may consist of a health or jobs fair.

Photo courtesy of the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans.

The Bay Pines VA Medical Center, 10,000 Bay Pines Blvd., near St. Petersburg, FL, is hosting a one-day Stand Down from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a range of community agencies and VA staff on hand to answer questions as well as services available for Veterans:

  • Free Flue shots
  • Dental screenings
  • Legal information and services
  • VA and community housing programs
  • Florida ID Van
  • Free breakfast and lunch
  • Job and Education opportunities
  • Information on a range of VA health care services for women veterans, mental health, PTSD and vocational rehabilitation.
  • Door prizes including four new bicycles with lights and locks

Stand Downs are planned Friday, Oct. 21, according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, at two other locations:

  • Ft. Walton Beach, FL
  • Huntsville, AL

You can learn more about those gatherings and find a schedule of the remaining 2011 Stand Downs for Homeless Veterans HERE.

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