August 21, 2014 - There will be a Stand Down for Veterans at the American Legion Post in Sharon, Pennsylvania, this Saturday, August 23. VA Butler Healthcare and the local community are partnering to host the event.
It’s a day-long respite from the streets and an opportunity for some Veterans to put their lives back together.
On August 27, there will be a Stand Down in Sheridan, Wyoming, followed that same week by Stand Downs in Honolulu, Hawaii, Fargo, North Dakota and Montgomery, Alabama. Similar events will take place around the country throughout the year.
Stand Downs are one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to homeless Veterans.
The first Stand Down was organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam Veterans in San Diego, Calif.
The total number of Veterans served during 2013 Stand Downs was 45,133. Of these, 41,421 (92 percent) were male Veterans, and 3,712 (9 percent) were female Veterans.
In addition, 7,553 spouses/companions and 4,269 children of Veterans attended for a total of 56,935 Veterans and family members served. read more>>>