What is Stand Down?
In times of war, it is a military term used for exhausted combat units requiring time to rest and recover to regain strength. They were removed from the battlefields to a place of relative security and safety. Today, Stand Down refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation’s estimated 275,000 homeless veterans “combat” life on the streets. The hand up philosophy of Stand Down is carried out through the work of hundreds of volunteers and organizations throughout the nation. Today’
The Atlanta Stand Down event offers homeless Veterans a chance to rest from the weariness of life’s challenges they face daily. The Atlanta Stand Down brings a wide range of specialized resources together in one place to serve the homeless including food, clothing, job counseling, mental health, medical, dental, and vision care. These specialized resources will also assist with alcohol and drug recovery care, counseling, and legal assistance.
These services will begin at 7:30 am at Atlanta VA Medical Center, 1670 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033. For more information on 2012 Atlanta’s Stand Down, call (404)-321-6111 extension 7436 or email contact Ursula.frederick-