STAND-DOWN events provide supplies and services to homeless veterans, including food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling.
Veterans can also receive referrals to assistance including health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling.
Stand-downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VA Medical Centers, other government agencies and community-based homeless service providers.
Holding a stand-down supports the engagement of all who wish to celebrate service by providing comfort and essentials to our nation’s heroes. Ensuring veterans have knowledge about the services and benefits they have earned and deserve is an essential part of this outreach. A key element of the collective success is partnering with the community to realize all possible resources for veterans.
Is there a stand-down scheduled for NH?
Yes. The stand-down will be held Thursday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McIntyre Ski Area located at 50 Chalet Court, Manchester.
Any veteran who is homeless or is at risk of being homeless is welcome to attend. They are encouraged to attend with their families. Where possible, veterans attending should bring their DD214. It is not a requirement for veterans to be eligible for VA services and benefits in order to attend.
What can vets in attendance expect?
This year’s stand-down will be more like a fair filled with events and special offerings.
The event will feature veterans' stories, networking, a free barbecue and the opportunity to ask questions from local landlord experts and Manchester VA’s housing navigator.
The VA's community employment coordinator will also offer clinics with onsite employers that are interested in hiring veterans.
What is required for a stand-down?
A stand-down requires months of preparation and hundreds of donations.
Individuals, businesses and faith-based and other community organizations can become involved by donating; by volunteering to help with set-up prior to the event; or by organizing drives to collect boots, gloves, clothes, blankets, hygiene products, non-perishable food, backpacks, gas cards and even used cars to help veterans get to work.
Local professionals are encouraged to contact the VA to offer onsite volunteer services such as legal services, haircuts, and offering information about apprenticeships. Large and small employers are encouraged to join to talk about work opportunities and training programs.
Whom do I contact to get involved?
If you are interested in contributing to the collection of resources being made available to veterans at the stand-down, contact Debra Krinsky at 603-624-4366, ext. 6419, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a veteran seeking more information, or if you are an employer looking to hire veterans, or if you would like to assist with the event, contact the Manchester VA’s homeless program coordinator, Emily Reisine, at 603-624-4366, ext. 3622, or Emily.Reisine@va.gov.
For more information about the VA, go to www.Manchester.VA.gov.