Friday, October 21, 2011

Veterans Stand Down

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Stand Down refers to a concept used during the Vietnam War where battle-weary soldiers were removed from combat, and given a day of rest. It was an opportunity for troops to take care of personal hygiene, receive medical and dental care and enjoy a warm meal.

In 1988, Vietnam Veterans of San Diego and a couple of other men formed Stand Down — an event for homeless veterans where they can obtain clothing, get basic check-ups, and eat a hot meal with companions. The annual Stand Down event has since spread to cities across the nation.

Living on the streets is “like combat for homeless vets trying to survive,” said Lisa Strauss, homeless program coordinator for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction.

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