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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Stands Up for Homeless Veterans by Hosting the 15th Annual Stand Down

September 30, 2015

WHEN Friday, October 2, 2015, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
8:00 a.m., Opening Ceremonies
WHERE Latino Learning Center 
522 Polk Street, Houston, TX 77003
WHAT All U.S. Veterans being affected by homelessness or at risk of being affected, are invited to attend the 15th Annual Houston VA Stand Down.  Here they will receive things like food, haircuts, clothing, medical screenings, as well as learn about employment and housing resources.  Last year there were many Veterans who benefitted from the Stand Down.  MEDIA ARE INVITED AND WELCOME TO ATTEND. 

BACKGROUND:
                   
VA is committed to ending Veteran homelessness.  No one who has served our country should ever go without a safe, stable place to call home.  The entire department has put its energy and resources into ending Veteran homelessness, but VA cannot do it alone.  Here in Houston, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center is doing its part through partnerships with city, state and federal agencies, a wide-array of programs and services, and through this annual Stand Down.

The first Stand Down was organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam Veterans in San Diego.  Since then, Stand Downs have been used as an effective tool in reaching out to homeless Veterans.

More information about VA’s homeless programs in Houston is available at http://www.houston.va.gov/services/homeless/index.asp

CONTACT:  For more information call Tami (Schutter) Melitos, Public Affairs Specialist, at (713) 578-4695 or cell (281) 691-2112.