Operation Stand Down

                                             They were there when we needed them . . . We must be there now that they need us.

What is a Stand Down? 

In times of war, exhausted combat units requiring time to rest and recovery were removed from the battlefields to a place of security and safety. Today, Stand Down refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation’s estimated 67,000 homeless veterans transition from life on the streets back to civilian life.

Operation Stand Down is a time for the community to connect with our homeless and at-risk veterans to help break down the barriers that are keeping these heroes on the streets. The “hand up, not a hand out” philosophy of Stand Down requires the work of countless volunteers, businesses, and local, state and national organizations. Organizations will be available to provide direct services (including medical, dental, legal, spiritual) to ensure Veterans are getting benefits they are entitled to and provide referrals for those struggling with mental health, unemployment, homelessness and addiction issues.

Operation Stand Down

Location: Concourse Rotary Pavilion

11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills, FL 34610. 

*Vendors will be onsite April 29 & 30.

Overnight veterans will return on Sunday, May 1. 

 

 

Does it make a difference?  YES

Over the past seven years, we have been able to work with over 1,000 struggling veterans and their family members to connect them to services and resources.

2022 Successes

  • 296 veterans attended Operation Stand Down, 58 stayed overnight.
  • 73 veterans received 89 dental services (extractions, fillings, cleanings, dentures, & denture realignments) valued at $55,977.
  • 22 court cases heard; total court cost & clearance fees waived $14,100.91.
  • 58 different vendors provided multiple services.
  • 28 veterans were signed up to receive food stamps.
  • 15 veterans received their Go Pasco transportation ID.
  • 11 separate workshops were offered focusing on Whole Health.
  • 53 veterans met with VA services to discuss their VA benefits.
  • 223 amazing volunteers gave over 2,558 hours of community service; total volunteer time valued at $70,791.60.

 

Stories from the 2022 Operation Stand Down event!

How Can I Help?

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