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Full-time Volunteer Opportunity - Help Bring Awareness to Veteran Services

at linn county veteran affairs in Cedar Rapids, IA

Serve on the Stand Down committee and help change the lives of homeless or near homeless veterans in our community. As a committee member you will be able to share your time and talents with others to make next year's event a success.

The Five Seasons Stand Down helps people who are homeless or near-homeless transition to community living by providing access to human service agencies, including benefits counseling (Social Security and Veterans), employment and training assistance, eye exams, health care screenings, housing services, legal assistance, mental health treatment and substance abuse counseling. Approximately 70 service agencies participate annually in the Stand Down and several of them will offer classes to Stand Down attendees.

"This is a community-wide, collaborative effort between local veterans' organizations and community agencies that serve the homeless."; said Don Tyne, Director of Linn County Veteran Affairs and one of the Stand Down's organizers. "Our goal is to connect people who are homeless or near-homeless with services that will help them get back on their feet and become self-sufficient."

About Stand Downs
Stand Down is a term used in times of war in which exhausted combat units come off the battlefield to rest and recover in a place of safety. Today, Stand Down also refers to a community-based program that provides homeless and near-homeless veterans with food, shelter, clothing, basic medical exams, and assistance or referrals for social services such as housing, legal matters, mental health and substance abuse issues and job counseling.

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the first Stand Down was organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam Veterans in San Diego. Since then, Stand Downs have been used as an effective tool in reaching out to homeless veterans, reaching more than 200,000 veterans and their family members.


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