26th Annual Stand Down
Stand Down refers to a community-based intervention program designed to help the nation's estimated 200,000 homeless veterans “combat” life on the streets.
Veterans Village of San Diego organized the nation's first Stand Down in 1988. Since then, the program has been widely replicated nationwide.
“The program has become recognized as the most valuable outreach tool to help homeless veterans in the nation today,” according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
Stand Down's philosophy is a hand up, not a hand out. The hand up is made possible each year by the dedication of thousands of volunteers and numerous sponsors.
VVSD assists homeless veterans who have substance abuse and/or mental health issues, including men and women who have recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. At the heart of VVSD's treatment plan are five pillars of success: Prevention, Intervention, Treatment, Aftercare and Employment services.
Its held July 12-14.
For more information, visit www.vvsd.net.