Houston VA Hosts 11th Annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans
WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
WHAT: The 11th Annual Stand Down is an opportunity for homeless Veterans to access a broad spectrum of services at one convenient location and to create a plan for re-entry into mainstream society. The event brings a wide range of specialized resources together to provide homeless Veterans with comprehensive medical and psychosocial services. It also offers programs specific to women and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) Veterans.
“Stand Down” is military terminology referring to the brief period of time a soldier leaves an active combat area in order to rest and regain strength.
VA encourages family, friends, and citizens in the community to “Make the Call” and help prevent and end homelessness among Veterans. Since March 2010, VA has offered a toll-free telephone number, staffed around the clock by trained professionals, to help homeless Veterans, their families and at-risk people. The number is 877-4AID-VET (or 877-424-3838).
The success of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center’s Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program depends on the strong support and collaboration from our many partners in the community including the City of Houston-Parks and Recreation Department, the City of Houston-Office of Veterans Affairs, B.P.O. Elks, Career and Recovery Resources, Inc., Bush Cares Project, Coalition for the Homeless, Daughters of the American Revolution, Goodwill Industries of Houston, Harris County Veteran Services, Housing Corporation of Greater Houston, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, SEARCH, Texas Veterans Commission, U.S. Veterans Initiative, VA Regional Office, Vet Centers, and numerous Veteran Service Organizations.
More information about VA’s homeless programs in Houston is available at http://www.houston.va.gov/Homeless_Programs.asp.
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