Thursday, August 21, 2014

Homeless Veterans 'Stand Downs'

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

Stand Downs — Putting Lives Back Together
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>>>

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

Neither of these two present wars have yet to be paid for and once again neither have the long term results from, the peoples responsibility the Veterans Administration, decades long and wars from grossly under funded VA budget is still mostly borrowed as issues still ignored by those served!!

More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries

Hunger in America

“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

ProPublica and The Seattle Times Nov. 9, 2012 - Lost to History: Missing War Records Complicate Benefit Claims by Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans
"DeLara's case is part of a much larger problem that has plagued the U.S. military since the 1990 Gulf War: a failure to create and maintain the types of field records that have documented American conflicts since the Revolutionary War."

Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

* * * 2014 - Homeless Veterans/Stand Downs * * *

“We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

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