“Stand Down” for Homeless and At-Risk Veterans

Southern Tier “Stand Down” for Homeless and At-Risk Veterans

Reminiscent of safe-havens for soldiers in the Vietnam War, the first southern tier Veterans “Stand Down” will be held on Friday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Herman Kent American Legion Post #777, 26 Jackson Avenue in Jamestown.  The Stand Down will link and provide Veterans services and program information at one convenient location.

This event will connect homeless and Veterans at risk of being homeless with information and services including immediate housing, legal advice and services, VA health care and other Veterans benefits information, education and employment opportunities, free haircuts, social and family services and more.  Often times, Veterans do not realize they are at risk of being homeless if they live paycheck to paycheck. Bring your DD-214 discharge papers or military ID.

“We are very excited to bring the Stand Down to the Southern Tier for the first time,” said Kristen Weese, LCSW, VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program Manager. “Bringing providers from the community and Veterans Affairs together in one place for the Stand Down will be a great opportunity for Veterans who may be looking for additional assistance or resources.”

A hot lunch will be provided by Chautauqua Opportunities Dwyer Program. Community partners sponsoring this event include VA Western New York Healthcare System, The Veterans One-Stop Center (VOC) of Western New York, VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program.

For more information please contact 716-220-4868 or email VeteranStandDown@yahoo.com.