FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011
Rebecca Sawyer Smith, VA Public Affairs Officer
Air Force Maj. Elena O’Bryan, CONG Public Affairs Officer
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (11/2/11) – The Colorado National Guard will open up its doors at the Denver Armory for the 21st Annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 5275 Franklin St. in Denver.
Stand Down is a military term that means a temporary stop of offensive military action. In this case, Homeless Veteran Stand Downs are designed to transform the despair and immobility of homelessness into the momentum necessary to get into recovery, to resolve legal issues, to seek employment, to access health services and benefits, to reconnect with the community and acquire housing.
Since 2003, the Colorado Army National Guard has provided its facility in Denver, free of charge, for the event.
“The oath we take to serve our country is something we carry with us forever,” said Adjutant General of Colorado Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards. “Helping our brothers- and sisters-in-arms is an important part of who we are and how we help give back to the community.”
Services and providers scheduled to support the event include federal, state and nonprofit organizations including Denver Veterans Affairs Regional Office (benefits), Denver VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System, Employment Services, veteran service organizations, the Social Security Administration, the Denver County Homeless Court, and other legal services.
Veterans will be offered clothing, sleeping bags, boots, free flu shots, health and dental screening, identifications and birth certificates, haircuts, eyeglass repair, and housing referrals.
Warren Technical School of Culinary Arts will prepare hot meals, the Denver Sheriff’s Department is donating Sheriffs’ time, Verizon is donating wireless connections, and the Colorado Army National Guard is donating its space for the event.
S&B Port-Bowl and Frito-Lay are among the contributors at this year’s event. The Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs, Veteran’s Trust Fund, is also a major contributor.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary is scheduled to present the colors at 8 a.m.
Free buses will be running from the St. Francis Day Shelter, the Samaritan House, and the Denver VA Medical Center to the armory.
“Veterans of all eras can find a kinship in each other and a commonality as military service members,” said Edwards. “Hosting the Veterans Stand Down at one of our National Guard armories is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the thousands of homeless veterans in Colorado who proudly served our country.”
Media interested in covering the stand down, please contact Rebecca Sawyer Smith, VA Public Affairs Officer, at 303-914-5984. The stand down will take place at the Denver Armory 5275 Franklin St., Denver, 80216.
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