Homeless veterans in Omaha can get a hot meal and a free medical checkup on Friday, November 13 at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ annual “Stand Down” event. The event will be held at Grace University Field House, 820 Pine Street from 3 to 6 p.m. that day.
Free health screenings, eye exams, drug and alcohol counseling, mental health services and foot care will be provided by the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. Homeless vets can also learn about disability benefits from representatives of the VA Regional Office in Lincoln. Participants must be eligible for VA health care benefits and may enroll at the event.
Stand Down is a military term which traces its origins to the Vietnam War. Stand Down was the time when troops were brought in from the field of combat for rest and rehabilitation—to get a hot meal and medical attention. In 1988 a group of Vietnam War veterans held the first Stand Down event in San Diego, and the event has since expanded to dozens of American cities. It has been held in Omaha for more than 20 years. Stand Down has been recognized as the most valuable and effective way to reach out to homeless vets.
Cuddigan Law is proud to be a part of the Stand Down and several members of the law firm will be volunteering at the event. More volunteers are needed to:
- Escort a single veteran to through all of the stations,
- Assist veterans in carrying items given to them at the Stand Down,
- Enjoy conversation with the veterans,
- To tear down the tables and stations at the end of the event.
For additional information about volunteering, contact: Desiree Kochen at 402-210-0321 or email [email protected]