Homeless Veterans

Stand Down

Stand Downs are one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to homeless veterans.  Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless Veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment.  Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless.

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, reaching more than 200,000 Veterans and their family members between 1994-2000.

The stand downs currently planned for 2012 are listed below.

Date # of Days Location Contact Phone Number
January 21, 2012 1 Washington, DC Stephanie W. Burns 202-745-8322
January 22, 2012 1 Cleveland, OH Pat Tomcho 216-432-0540
January 26, 2012 1 Waco, TX Paula Wood 254-743-1261
January 28, 2012 1 Lee County, FL Carrie Meo-Omens 727-398-6661 ext. 4711
January 31, 2012 1 Jacksonville, NC Kelley Hamilton 910-347-2121
January 2012 1 Collier County, FL Carrie Meo-Omens 727-398-6661 ext. 4711
February 3-5, 2012 3 Harrisburg, PA Keisha Kerr 717-926-0894 
February 18, 2012 1 Milwaukee, WI Barbara Gilbert 414-342-2224
March 10, 2012 1 Birmingham, AL Willie Fields 205-933-8101 ext. 6751
March 31, 2012 1 Cocoa Beach, FL Robert Bedworth 321-637-3788 ext. 2639
April 11, 2012 1 Winston Salem, NC Teri Hairston 336-721-9378
April 20, 2012 1 Hickory, NC Jim Starkey 828-294-0184
April 21, 2012 1 Evergreen, MT Anthony Snell 406-447-6045
April 28, 2012 1 St. Louis, MO Joannne Joseph 314-652-4100 ext. 55472
April 2012 1 Harlingen, TX Pete Bustamante 956-366-4500 ext. 67672
May 5-6, 2012 2 Plains, MT Anthony Snell 406-447-6045
June 7-8, 2012 2 Klaispell, MT Anthony Snell 406-447-6045
June 9, 2012 1 Dillon, MT Anthony Snell 406-447-6045
June 16, 2012 1 Sand Point, ID John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
June 16, 2012 1 Bozeman, MT Anthony Snell 406-447-6045
June 19-21, 2012 3 Monterey, CA Kelly Conway 650-387-5968
June 22-23, 2012 2 Chicago, IL Jeanne Douglas 708-383-3225
July 3-4, 2012 2 Missoula, MT Anthony Snell 406-447-6045
July 13-15, 2012 3 San Diego, CA Darcy Pavich 619-393-2040
July 27, 2012 1 Columbia, MO Katie Burnham Wilkins 573-814-6244 
Late July/ Early August 1 Miles City, MT Anthony Snell 406-447-6045
August 15-16, 2012 2 Browning, MT Anthony Snell 406-447-6045
August 18, 2012 1 Hamilton, MT Anthony Snell 406-447-6045
September 11, 2012 1 Akron, OH Laura Williams Dunlop 330-762-7328
September 14, 2012 1 Chillicothe, OH Amy Combs 740-773-1141 ext. 6477
September 14, 2012 1 Durham, NC Bob Williamson 919-286-0411
September 20, 2012 1 Sherman, TX Tammy Wood 214-467-1863
September 20-22, 2012 3 Great Falls, MT Anthony Snell 406-447-6045
September 22, 2012 1 Milwaukee, WI Barbara Gilbert 414-342-2224
September 28, 2012 1 Stockton, CA Stacy Studebaker 650-444-8034
October 4, 2012 1 Bellevue, KY Chris Chatifield 859-392-3969
Mid-October 1 Arlee, MT Anthony Snell 406-447-6045
October 17-18, 2012 2 Detroit, MI Linda Jones 313-576-3870 
October 26-27, 2012 2 Dallas, TX Tammy Wood 214-467-1863
October 28, 2012 1 Sedalia, MO Katie Burnham Wilkins 573-814-6244 
November 9, 2012 1 Chicago, IL Jeanne Douglas 708-383-3225
November 9, 2012 1 San Antonio, TX Jerry Rangel 210-616-9915
November 13, 2012 1 Binghamton, NY Adam Ormsby 315-425-4428 
November 14, 2012 1 Fort Worth, TX Linda Saucedo 214-927-4501
Fall 2012 1 Manchester or Nashua, NH Lisa Jacobus 603-624-4366 ext. 3622
TBD 2 Anaconda/Butte, MT Anthony Snell 406-447-6045
 
         

 

* Indicates event planned for that month, exact date not determined. TBD indicates that stand down is planned, but date not yet determined.  For additional information on Stand Down dates and locations, please contact the Homeless Veterans Programs Office at (202) 461-1857.

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