VA to host annual veteran homeless Stand Down event

Published 4:30 pm Thursday, September 13, 2018

HUNTINGTON, West Virginia — Veterans will be offered a day of safety and security away from the day-to-day stressors of homelessness during a Stand Down from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Hershel “Woody” Williams and VA Homeless Community Resource and Referral Center located at 624 9th St. in Huntington.

“The Stand Down is an opportunity for homeless Veterans and those at risk for homelessness to access free services provided through the VA and our partners in the community,” said Tammy Miller, Homeless Veterans Program Coordinator. “Veterans will be able to get basic medical screenings, haircuts, job and housing referrals and information about benefits and assistance programs while enjoying a hot meal and some fun musical entertainment.”

Over 200 Veterans and family members participated last year and nearly 80 local agencies provided information and support to the Stand Down. Tables will be set up in the street with community homeless providers, social service providers and other area providers, for example, barbers giving haircuts. Veterans will be able to walk around to each table to get information, goodies and giveaways. VA social workers will be available to assess homeless Veterans and refer to homeless providers on the spot.

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If you would like more information or would like to participate in this year’s Stand Down, please contact the VA Community Resource and Referral Center at (304) 529-9142.

The Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center is honored to serve Veterans in a primary service area that includes 10 counties in West Virginia, 2 counties in southern Ohio, and 12 counties in eastern Kentucky.