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(10 Oct., 2013)




Media Advisory


Homeless Veterans To Get A

‘Hand Up’ In Newark


WHO/WHAT: The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, North New Jersey Stand Down Committee, Inc., and various other federal, state, public and private support agencies will co-host a Homeless Veterans Stand Down.


WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 12 / 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


WHERE: John F. Kennedy Pool & Recreation Center, 211 West Kinney Street, Newark, N.J.


DETAILS: The committee volunteers have arranged for transportation from Elizabeth, Jersey City, Dover, Morristown, Lakewood, Ewing, Hackensack, Paterson and Plainfield.


     Stand Down is an outreach program designed to provide homeless veterans and their family members with access to healthcare, medical screening, counseling on veterans’ benefits, substance abuse counseling, legal and employment services, social services, vocational rehabilitation services, religious counseling, a hot meal, a haircut, and winter clothing.  The goal of the program is to bring a wide range of resources together in one location so the veteran can access the various available services and be able to recognize that the community is concerned and committed to bring these services to them.


     “Stand Down” derives its name from the military term referring to the temporary removal of exhausted combat troops from the battlefield to a safe place, behind the lines, for rest and recovery.  Stand Down’s are grass roots, community-based intervention programs to give homeless veterans a ‘hand up … not a hand out’. 


     Homeless Veterans or their families can call the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs toll free number at 1-888-8NJ VETS (1-888-865-8387) for more information on available entitlements.

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