Stand downs offer relief for homeless Veterans

“You’d be so lean, that blast of January
would blow through you.”
Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale

It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to be homeless and on the street In January.

Regardless of the circumstances that bring Veterans and their families to living in cars and over the heating vents of the subway, it’s a fate that none of us would wish on anyone. And a problem that we all wish we could fix.

But there isn’t one easy solution. So we help when and where we can. That’s what Stand Downs are all about.

What is a Stand Down?

In times of war, exhausted combat units requiring time to rest and recover were removed from the battlefields to a place of relative security and safety. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment.

Today, Stand Down refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation’s homeless Veterans on any given night “combat” life on the streets.

Homeless Veterans are brought together in a single location for one to…

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