FOR HOMELESS FEMALE VETERANS
Women are a rapidly growing part of the military and are becoming an ever-larger part of the homeless veteran population, as well. California’
Today, 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. All stand downs in the past had targeted mostly homeless male veterans. At the Long Beach event the emphasis was on women and their families. They gained access to the resources and support needed to help them survive. Medical and dental screening, job counseling, VA assistance, free food, children’s toys and some simple pleasures of a massage and hair grooming were donated by a variety of vendors.
The California Team Amvets Thrift Stores brought to the stand down over 7,500 pieces of clean, good quality clothing and shoes to choose from, in addition to hundreds of games and toys for the vet’s children. “Our Team Amvets mission is to help our fellow veterans, men and women, in any positive way we can,” said Katherine Gough, Interim Operations Manager of Team Amvets Thrift Stores in California. “As a non-profit, our normal procedure is to sell the clothing at our stores and use the proceeds to the benefit of our veterans and their families. But I can’t think of a better service than to directly give these vets what they need right now to improve their situation. This is a great event and we are happy to participate.”
About Team Amvets
AMVETS Department of California Service Foundation is part of the 60 year old non-profit national AMVETS organization of member veterans that assist all other veterans of any military service, their families and communities with a variety of support programs including VA claims processing assistance with our nearly 50 professional Service Officers and pro bono legal services via the Amvets Legal Clinic at the Chapman University Law School. Call 877-990-
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