Stand Down for Homeless Veterans

Stand Down:
Definition – a relaxation of status of a military unit or force from an alert or operational posture
Since 1998, the Annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans has been modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being.

The Stand Down for Homeless Veterans is one day event where Pikes Peak Region Homeless & At Risk Veterans are invited to gather in preparation for the approaching Rocky Mountain Winter Months. They are connected with services & opportunities to help them better their lives.

Among the items and services provided are: Clothing (jackets, jeans, shirts, boots, shoes, underwear, long johns, socks, gloves, scarves), backpacks, personal care items, a hot noon meal, haircuts, hot showers, flu shots, Hepatitis C testing, dental/foot/hearing exams, shelter and housing referrals (VA and Rocky Mountain Human Services), counseling, VA Medical care, Veterans Administration, job search support, substance abuse services, assistance with DD-214 military service discharge documents, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Department of Human Services, Springs Rescue Mission, Peak Military Care Network and Mr. Carmel Veterans Service Center.