Today, less than 30 Veterans are homeless in North Florida. In addition to the complex set of factors affecting all homeless individuals (job layoffs, substance abuse, shortage of affordable housing and lack of health care) our homeless and at-risk Veterans often live with the effects of combat related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as other challenges. These hardships, often compounded by a loss of family and social support networks, make the issue of homelessness a difficult social challenge.
Stand Downs provide the following to qualified homeless and at-risk veterans during the Stand Down at no charge:
|Chiropractic care||Infectious diseases screening/testing|
|Veterans Service Officer Assistance||Social Security Benefits (Food Stamps, SSI & Disability)|
|VA Disability Claims processing||Voter Registration|
|Permanent Housing Assessment||Hearing and glucose testing|
|Legal Counsel and/or Veterans Court||Personal care items|
|Bicycles||Various gift cards|
|Hot showers||12 Step and PTSD/TBI Counseling|
|Employment applications, counseling and resume’ assistance||Veterinary services/Pet therapy (2 pet limit)|
|Haircuts men/women’s hair styling||Dental examinations|
|Healthcare screenings||Military Sexual Trauma counseling|
|Medical appointment referrals||Medicaid applications|
|Military personnel records check||State Photo ID cards (Need Birth Certificate and Social Security Card)|
|Birth Certificate applications||Bus pass information|
Only Homeless Veterans and their families who are living on the streets or who do not have permanent housing will be qualified appropriately by the Veterans Affairs (VA) for free access. Veteran status must be verified by the VA, by presenting a VA Card or DD-214 with government issued photo ID. If not pre-registered with the VA, you must register and be certified by the VA as being homeless in order to be eligible for benefits the day(s) of the event. It is recommended that homeless veterans pre-register to expedite processing on the day they arrive at the Stand Down.