“Stand Down: History and Program Structure”
June 26, 2012
Throughout the past 25 years, Stand Down events around the country have provided a hand up to homeless veterans seeking to reintegrate into society. These outreach events provide immediate access to community partners who offer employment resources, legal services, and connections to housing and other resources. Every year, hundreds of organizations partner with local businesses, government agencies, and community- and faith-based service providers to host one- to three-day Stand Downs. With financial support from the U.S. Department of Labor-Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS), organizations hosting Stand Downs can more thoroughly prepare homeless veterans for their transition into employment.
In order to promote effective and efficient Stand Downs events, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) held two separate teleconferences on Stand Down history and program structure (June 26) and on program planning and financing (July 11).
The first teleconference was held on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. EDT. This introductory call focused on the history of Stand Down, the general structure of Stand Down events, and an overview of funding sources. NCHV was honored to host Stand Down Founder Dr. Jon Nachison on this teleconference. Organizations that are new applicants or would like more information about applying for DOL-VETS Stand Down funds are encouraged to review this information.