U.S.VETS – Las Vegas and partnering agencies will host the 11th annual Veterans Stand Down on March 19 & 20, 2014 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. The event will be held at Cashman Center, Exhibit Hall A, located at 850 Las Vegas Boulevard North.
The “Veterans Stand Down” is a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation’s estimated 60,000 homeless veterans “combat” life on the streets. U.S.VETS – Las Vegas is the non-profit sponsor of this event, which is held in cities all over the nation to provide food, clothing, services and most of all, long-term solutions to homeless and at-risk veterans.
“The veterans being served were there for us when our country called; now they need us,” says Shalimar Cabrera, Chair of the Veterans Stand Down. The 2013 homeless census revealed that 866 veterans were homeless in Southern Nevada – men and women who served our country valiantly, now sleep on the streets. The Veterans Stand Down brings the community into the solution, gives hope to homeless and at-risk veterans, offers them a temporary respite, and provides information and services that can help them connect to much-needed services.
More than 120 service providers will be represented at the event comprised of local nonprofits, veteran service organizations, the VA Medical Center of Southern Nevada, legal Courts, and many more. Staff members from the offices of the Nevada Congressional Delegation will also participate in the event to assist veterans in obtaining their military records.
Businesses and organizations are invited to become a sponsor of the event. Major sponsors this year include 707 Property Management, Silver State Fair Housing Council, Jewish War Veterans Post #65, Jewish War Veterans Post #21, Humana, We Care We Share, and New Song Lutheran Church. As in past years, 400 volunteers are expected to give of their time and talents to the event. Volunteers are still being recruited now for a variety of roles at the Stand Down.
Last year, the Veterans Stand Down served 911 veterans. The list of free services available at the two-day event has grown to include housing placement, employment and education, homeless courts, pet supplies and legal assistance as well as VA enrollment, medical care, showers, haircuts, computer/email stations, and hot meals. A Stand Down “store,” sponsored by Goodwill of Southern Nevada, will also be at the event. In the store, vets can “shop” for free for clothing, food and other basic necessities. The items made available in the store come from local community donations, raised in the months prior to the event.
Please visit the Stand Down Information page for more details and to register.