Helping homeless Veterans get off the streets and back to a normal life will be the focus of North County San Diego Veterans Stand Down January 27-29 at Green Oak Ranch in Vista.
This three-day event will impact the lives of hundreds of homeless Veterans throughout North San Diego County. The Veterans will receive assistance including: medical, dental, and vision checks; legal assistance, including homeless court; employment and housing assistance; clothing, hot meals, and much more.
A spokesman for the event told The Times-Advocate: “Homelessness is an unfortunate reality of the communities we all live in. Often we look away, ignore, or pretend that the problem does not exist. Some of the homeless around us have bravely served our country in the military, giving us the freedoms we so often take for granted. The lack of jobs, and lack of support after leaving the military, often results in veterans being forced to live on the streets.”
After their Veteran status is verified, registered Vets will be supplied fresh clothing, a hot shower, and meal before meeting with local medical and dental volunteers. Other services will be available throughout the weekend to assist with the Vets transition.
An opening ceremony will be held Saturday morning January 28 at 9 a.m. A motorcycle parade of Veterans led by the Dr. Bronner’s Soap Firetruck will arrive to kick off the ceremony. There will be a flyover of vintage military aircraft, a local marching band, local dignitaries, and much more.
Volunteer and financial support from the community is still needed.
To learn more or make a monetary donation, visit: ncstanddown.org/ or their Facebook page.