The 12th Annual Las Vegas Stand Down, held March 18-19, was a huge success! Over a thousand veterans and their family members attended the event at the Cashman Center, where they received free services from haircuts and eye care to housing and employment.
An event of this size could not have been possible without the support of loyal volunteers. This year, 521 volunteers contributed a commendable 2,954 hours of service! The volunteer force this year included over 130 active duty service members from Nellis & Creech Air Force Bases.
Large volunteer groups from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and FedEx also served with hundreds of individual volunteers who gave of their time and talents to veterans in a variety of volunteer roles.
More than 140 service providers participated in the event, bringing a wide range of services to veterans including housing, employment, education, healthcare, counseling, treatment, handouts, benefits, and many other forms of support.
Here are a few stats from this year’s event:
- 73 veterans moved into housing or secured a housing plan at the Stand Down
- 193 veterans were either hired directly or scheduled interviews with employers
- 114 veterans obtained free legal assistance
- 259 veterans received haircuts and showers
- 190 veterans had vision screenings, and more than 150 obtained free dental appointments
- Over 600 veterans shopped for free in the Stand Down store for clothing, shoes, work attire, hygiene items, and non-perishable food
- The veterans served at this year’s stand down ranged in age from 23-89, with service eras extending from WWII through Afghanistan, and from every branch of the military