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1 Stand up !! Virginia Workforce Center Roanoke For Homeless Veterans by… “Standing Down”

2 How many Homeless Vets are there in America Today?

3 Too Many…

4 Too Many…

5 Approximately 529, ,000 (circa 2007)

6 Some of the reason veterans are Homeless Medical Financial Divorce Employment

7 44,000 – 64,000 of these Veterans are chronically homeless!

8 Can you I.D. a Homeless Vet?  Sometimes it is obvious, as you have just seen….

9 Other times it is almost impossible to tell… Because not all homeless Vets look “homeless”

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11 Or are living on the street…  Some live in Shelters  Some live out of Their cars  Others live with Relatives or Friends

12 What % of the Homeless Vet Population is Female?  Less than Three Percent

13 What Can be Done For Homeless Vets?  Many Things  Among the Many Things…  A Stand Down

14 What is a … Stand Down?

15 A Stand Down was originally:  A Break for Soldiers / Sailors / Marines / Airmen from battle during Armed Conflict. But now…here in America...

16 A Stand down is:  A Local Event or a  A Regional Event  To assist homeless Veterans

17 Where was the First Veteran Stand Down in the U.S. ??  San Diego, California the summer of 1988….and it was:  The brain-child of Vietnam Vets: Robert Van Keuren and Dr. Jon Nachison  It is estimated that 100,000 homeless vets nationwide have received assistance in these last two decades.

18 Who Participates in a Stand Down? Partners: VVeteran’s Employment Service Representatives LVER & DVOP VVA Medical Centers (Hospital) Homeless Program and Healthcare Professionals DDepartment of Rehabilitative Services Representatives VVeterans Organizations (VVA, DAV, AL,VFW, Order of the Purple Heart, etc.)

19 Partners (Continued) Plus….  Employers  Sponsors  Volunteers  Caring Citizens

20 What happens at a Stand Down ? Homeless Vets are provided With a wide range of Necessities including:

21 Healthcare VAMC or Local Healthcare Professionals are Available to Provide Health Screenings and Referrals

22 Clothing  Partners Provide Something Substantial To Wear

23 Food  Vets are provided a hot, Nourishing Meal &  SNACKS…

24 Hot and Cold Beverages

25 Job Counseling  Job Referrals and Career Counseling by Workforce Professionals

26 INFORMATION  WHO TO CONTACT  WHERE ELSE TO GO  HOW TO GET A COPY OF YOUR DD214   USE THE FORM INCLUDED IN YOUR PACKET. MAKE COPIES AS NEEDED.

27 And Most Importantly…  Companionship and  Camaraderie

28 Veterans Will Tell You “I JUST NEED A HAND UP…… NOT A HAND OUT”. MOST WILL OFFER TO DO SOMETHING IN RETURN FOR ASSISTANCE.

29 THE TOP 3 NEEDS OF HOMELESS VETERANS FFOOD CCLOTHING AND

30 Assistance In… Finding a Place to Live

31 Do Homeless Veterans Want To Work…YES  THEY COME TO SEE EMPLOYMENT SERVICE WORKERS ALL THE TIME  PEOPLE HAVE PICKED THEM UP FOR YEARS.

32 Transportation is an important part of recovery from homelessness. HELP BY PROVIDING BUS PASSES OR USE YOUR OWN CAR AND GIVE SOMEONE A RIDE TO AN INTERVIEW.

33 How many Stand Downs are Slated by Local/Regional Organizations in So Far…

34 What can you and Your Organization Do? Have a Stand Down We’re going to show you how SIMPLE IT IS…

35 DECIDE IF IT WILL BE DAY EVENT CHOOSE PRIMARY SPONSOR(S) COULD BE STATE EMPLOYMENT SERVICE VAMC VETERANS ORGANIZATION

36 Sponsors could include:  Grocery Chains  Department Stores  Sports Stores  Physicians, Dentists, etc.  News Media (to assist in getting the word out to Concerned Citizens)

37 How a Stand Down is Formulated… Start 6 months in advance Create a Plan  Pick the Target Date?  What Services will you Provide?  Find a Place to have the Stand Down  Invite Partners  Meet to Decide How each Partner will Share in the Event

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39 STAND DOWN MAP

40 Find Partners  State Veteran’s Employment Service Representatives  Veteran Service Organizations DAV, VVA, Order of the Purple Heart, etc.  Department of Veteran Affairs VHA (VA Hospital) Homeless Vet Coordinator  State Rehabilitative Services  Credit Counselors C onsumer Credit Counseling…. Non-Profit

41 Why did we include consumer credit counselors? The 2 leading causes affecting homeless veterans financial recovery. BAD CREDIT AND CHILD SUPPORT.

42 With The Created Plan THEN Implement the plan Why…are you waiting another day? HAVE A STAND DOWN

43 Homeless veterans are found worldwide  SPANISH= STAND DOWN = Parse HACIA ABAJO OR retirarse  RUSSIAN= STAND DOWN = УСТУПИТЬ МЕСТО  POLISH= STAND DOWN = W DÓŁ  ITALIAN= STAND DOWN STAND= M INV DOWN=giù da  FRENCH = STAND DOWN = Se TENIR EN BAS  ARABIC= STAND DOWN = التنحي  PORTUGUSE= STAND DOWN STAND=FICAR DOWN=  USA=STAND DOWN

44 THERE WILL BE HOMELESSNESS AMONG IRAQI AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS. BE PREPARED FOR THE HURT

45 How do you FEEL when a Stand Down is…Over?  Like All All that hard work and effort was Worth It  Lets be first to end the need for a STAND DOWN

46 Or – If all Else Fails… Call or Harry White – Ron Brown – Ed Blevins – For assistance…

47 Finally … The Stand Down in Roanoke, Virginia 2006 Copies can be provide upon request.


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