More than 400 veterans and 600 volunteers, many VA employees, attended the Winterhaven Homeless Veterans Stand Down at the VA Medical Center in Washington D.C. (DCVMAC). The crowd was joined by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki who stated he was “personally committed to ending homelessness among Veterans within the next five years.”
The Stand Down was held in support of homeless veterans and puts the veterans in touch with not only VA services but the services of 80 community agencies. Homeless veterans attend the Stand Down in hopes of receiving:
- Health care;
- Education; and
- Housing services.
Stand downs are not unique to D.C., they are held across the country with the goal of bringing together in one place all the critical services homeless veterans need to improve their lives. These events have all possible resources on hand so veterans can be serviced immediately. Things most of us take for granted, like hot meals, haircuts, and warm clothing are cherished by the attending veterans.
Not only were basic services available, veterans were offered medical screenings covering:
- Flu shots;
- Hepatitis C;
- Prostate; and
- General physical exams.
Veterans were also offered various consultative services, mental health referrals for those suffering from PTSD and substance abuse, employment assistance from numerous organizations, and help with VA benefit claims. Perhaps most importantly, those veterans with housing vouchers and those seeking them were screened for immediate placement in available units.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation by the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. We can appeal your rating decision and fight for your rights. You are entitled to certain programs and benefits based upon your VA rating decision so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.