End homelessness for veterans in Sacramento County
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.
In the military, Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being. Today’s Stand Downs affords the same opportunity to homeless veterans.
Stand Down refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation’s thousands of homeless veterans on any given night “combat” life on the streets. Homeless veterans are brought together in a single location for three days and are provided access to the community resources needed to begin addressing their individual problems and rebuilding their lives. There are over a hundred Stand Downs operating across the U.S.A.
What Happens at a Stand Down?
Hundreds of homeless veterans are provided a broad range of necessities including food and clothing; medical, legal and mental health assistance; job counseling and referral; and importantly, companionship and camaraderie to lift their spirits. It is a time for the community to connect with the homeless veteran population and address this crisis that affects each and every town, city and state in this country. The “give a hand up — not a handout” philosophy of Stand Down is carried out through the work of hundreds of volunteers.
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