On Friday, September 30th, U.S.VETS participated in the 2016 Veterans Stand Down. This year, it was hosted at the McCoy Pavilion at the Ala Moana Beach Park. The purpose was to provide veterans access to a variety of services in a centralized location with multiple service providers. Over 30 agencies and service providers participated in the event presenting housing benefits, employment assistance, health care (flu shots), vision screening, and more. In addition, veterans were able to receive free essential products such as hygiene kits and clothing. U.S.VETS – Barber’s Point proudly served along other planning committee partners, including the VA, Catholic Charities, Wounded Warrior Project, Office of Social Ministries, Vet Center, State of Hawaii Office of the Governor, City and County of Honolulu, and Hawaii National Guard.
The highlight of the event included former U.S.VETS program graduate, Joshua Finn, who shared his success story. Now, residing in California, the VA provided Mr. Finn an airfare ticket to fly him out to speak for this event. Mr. Finn shared his rock bottom experience and how U.S.VETS assisted in helping him to reintegrate to civilian life. He especially thanked Executive Director, Dr. Kim Cook for the support he received from her. Overall, the event was the culmination of the hard work and dedication of all partners who provided coordinated care for the veterans.