MILITARY & VETERANS AFFAIRS
(1 October, 2008)
A Hand Up To Homeless Veterans In
WHO/WHAT: The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Stand Down of South Jersey Committee, Inc. will co-host Stand Down 2008 to provide homeless veterans with access to healthcare, mental health screening, substance abuse counseling, social services (food stamps and unemployment), legal services, religious counseling, a hot meal, a haircut and winter clothing.
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Army National Guard Armory, Grove St. and Park Blvd., Cherry Hill
DETAILS: The estimated 8,000 homeless veterans in New Jersey will have an opportunity to receive a ‘hand up … not a hand out' during the South Jersey Stand Down. This is the eighth year Stand Down has been held at the Cherry Hill Armory. Last year nearly 1,000 homeless veterans and their families attended Stand Downs in Cherry Hill and Newark.
Stand Down comes from the military term referring to exhaust combat units that were removed from the battlefront to a place of security and safety for rest and recovery. Today Stand Downs are grass roots, community-based intervention program to help veterans' battle life on the streets.
The organizations supporting Stand Down 2008 are New Jersey Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs, Stand Down of South Jersey, Inc., the U.S. Veterans Administration, The Retired Officers Association, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Marine Corps League, American Ex-Prisoners of War, Veterans of Foreign War, Gold Star Wives, Jewish War Veterans, Burlington County Veterans Services Office, Camden County Veterans Services Office, Camden County Board of Social Services, Community Services of Camden County and the U.S. Department of Labor.
Homeless Veterans or their families can call 1-888-8NJ VETS for information on entitlements.