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Stand Down 2012

Veterans will receive food, toiletries, clothing and information about VA and community resources.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

VA Marion will be hosting a Stand Down for current and formerly homeless Veterans and their families.

Stand Down 2012 will be held on September 20 at the Marion VA Medical Center, and September 27 at the Evansville VA Health Care Center. Both events run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

VA Marion staff will provide information about eligibility and its programs for homeless Veterans. Stand Down volunteers will serve lunch and hand out clothing, toiletries and food items.

"It is our privilege to serve our Veterans," said event chair Adam Coleman, Homeless Veteran program manager.  "We want our homeless Veterans to know that VA is here to help them."

Coleman said that VA collaborates all efforts for Stand Down with community partners.  Many service providers will be present offering information and assistance.

More than 500 people attended last year's Stand Down, including around 350 Veterans.  Although getting homeless Veterans into VA services is the goal, all in need are welcome to participate.

"Stand Down" is a military term referring to fresh troops taking care of exhausted combat troops by moving them to a place that is safe and secure. The soldiers receive rest and recuperation to help them face future challenges.

For more information, call 618-997-5311 extension 54463.