Dear Veteran Leaders: Especially VSO and CVSO leaders within commuting distance to Tallahassee,
On any given night in the North Central Florida area, we have several hundred Homeless Veterans. A number of these veterans are homeless due to conditions resulting from combat in a foreign country while giving their all to keep our citizens safe at home.
Some of these veterans have only primitive living conditions, sleeping on the cold ground, often on an empty stomach, with perhaps a piece of cardboard for a bed, old newspapers for a blanket, and an old piece of canvas for a roof over their head to keep the night’s dew or the rain off.
These are the veterans and veteran’s families as well as At-Risk veterans that we want to welcome to our:
Homeless Veterans Stand Down at the North Florida Fairgrounds in Tallahassee on April 5-7, 2013.
This event is being sponsored by the Florida Veterans Foundation and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs along with the assistance from Veteran Service Organizations, certain North Florida counties, cities, and local civic organizations.
During the three-day event, the North Florida Fairgrounds will take on a military atmosphere as tents and cots are setup for homeless veterans, who will live and sleep on the property through the weekend. Veterans and their families who are living on the streets or who do not have permanent housing will get free access to showers, food, clothing, medical services, legal and mental health services, job opportunities, and even assistance with civil court issues. Most importantly, though, they will receive companionship and camaraderie.
“Stand Downs” began in San Diego, CA in 1988. Twenty-five years later, the San Diego Stand Down organization has celebrated many successes, and was featured in 2010 on “60 Minutes” http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6966795n. Each year, there are more than 200 Stand Downs throughout the country.
Please visit our Web site at: northfloridastanddown.org for additional information.
Homeless Veterans from the following Counties are expected to participate in the Stand Down: Alachua, Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, and Washington.
For Further Information Contact:
Washington J. Sanchez, Jr. Denna Green-Corbett, LMSW, ACSW
Stand Down Program Director Stand Down Participant Registrar/Director
Director/Treasurer Health Care for Homeless Veterans Case Manager
Florida Veterans Foundation, Inc. US Department of Veterans Affairs
850-488-4181 or 850-322-8455 850-521-5700 ext. 1217 or 352-339-5593
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