"Stand Down" is a term used during war to describe the practice of removing combat troops from the field and taking care of their basic needs in a safe area.
Nationally, it is estimated that there are over 250,000 needy and homeless veterans on the streets on any given night. Within the seven northern counties, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that there are over 1,000 needy or homeless veterans. A significant number of these veterans have had little or no contact with the VA for either monetary or medical benefits. Nor have they had much contact with any other agency offering assistance. Aiding or helping to improve their situations, especially for combat veterans, is a difficult process, but one, which cannot be ignored.
Since the first Stand Down was held in San Diego, in 1988, Stand Downs have taken place in over 200 cities nationwide. Over 100,000 veterans and their families have benefited from Stand Downs. These events have proved to be very effective in breaking the cycle of homelessness among veterans and their families. Please surf through our website to find more information and we hope to see you at the Stand Down which will be inside Fusaro & Trinity Hall this Year.