Reno Homeless Veterans Stand Down

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Updated: 9/29/2011 11:50 am

RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) - The Homeless Veterans stand down will be held on Friday September 30th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System.

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. This year we anticipate over 250 homeless veterans to attend and be provided with services in the Reno area.

Stand Downs are typically one 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.

We also have an array of services designed to transform the despair and immobility of homelessness into the momentum necessary to get into recovery, to resolve legal issues, to seek employment, to access health services and benefits, to reconnect with the community and to get off the streets. There will even be services designed to meet personal needs such as clean clothing, barbers, and food.

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