AUGUSTA — VA Maine’s 22nd Annual Homeless Stand Down, will be held Saturday, October 19, at the Togus campus in Augusta.
During the event, VA Maine and community providers work together to support Maine’s homeless Veterans.
Homeless Veteran registration is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. There is no pre-registration for the event.
Veterans will be bused in from across the state for a full day of services:
Transportation by DAV
Food and Drinks
Personal Care Items
Health Care Services
Food Stamp and MaineCare Applications
Hep A Vaccinations
Employment and Training Resources
Boots and Clothing
Breakfast and a hot turkey lunch will also be provided.
The Maine Department of Labor, one of many resource partners participating in the event, will provide information about employment services to interested veterans. Two veteran representatives will be on hand to assist veterans one-on-one with next steps.
The term “stand down” is a military term in which active duty service men and women in a combat field could leave and “stand down,” according to the Department of Labor, in a news release. It was essentially a break from combat in which they could shower, get clean clothes, hot meals and enjoy some recreation.
Many years ago, a small group of Vietnam Veterans in San Diego started a “Homeless Veteran Stand Down” in which Veterans could come in off the streets, shelters, out of their vehicles and receive a hot meal, and the needed services/resources to end their homelessness. Stand Down events are held across the country by VA Medical Centers and community partners.
The Maine Department of Labor is an equal opportunity provider.
Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.