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

2020 Date Postponed due to COVID-19.

New date: April 23-25*, 2021

Location: Concourse Rotary Pavilion

11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills, FL 34610. 

*Vendors will be onsite April 23 & 24. 

Overnight veterans will return on Sunday, April 25. 



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Does it make a difference?  YES

Over the past seven years, we have been able to work with over 1000 struggling veterans and their family members to connect them to services and resources.

2019 Successes

  • 362 Homeless and at-risk veterans attended and received services
  • 102 Veterans received $39,325 in free dental services
  • 79 Veterans court cases were heard, $44,441.43 in court costs waived
  • 9 Veterans had their drivers licenses restored, 7 Veterans were issued drivers licenses and 10 ID Cards were issued.
  • 14 Veterans were interviewed and offered jobs.
  • 60 different vendors provided multiple services
  • 337 amazing volunteers gave over 2,713 hours of community service.