Event to support homeless & in-need veterans and their families June 14
Worcester – Veterans Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor, and other local agencies, is pleased to announce the 14th Annual Veterans Inc. Stand Down will be held on Friday, June 14. The event will take place at Veterans Inc.’s Worcester Headquarters on 69 Grove Street and will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thousands of veterans and their families have received assistance at Veterans Inc. Stand Downs since the event’s inception in 2006. Services available include, but are not limited to, a career fair, counseling and substance abuse referrals, employment and training services, health and wellness services, housing resources, and legal services. Free items and services available to veterans at Stand Down include clothing, food and refreshments, haircuts, personal care items, and much more.
The Stand Down is open to homeless and in-need veterans and their families. All services and items are provided free of charge. Veterans should bring a DD-214 or VA card as proof of veteran status.
Corporate sponsors of this year’s event include National Grid and Spectrum, as well as the many service providers who will be on-site during the event to provide goods and services to veterans. Sponsorships and donations for the event are still being sought by the organization.
“Stand Down” is a term that originated during the Vietnam War, used to describe the practice of removing combat troops from the field and taking care of their basic needs in a safe area. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, the Stand Down was “a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations” where troops had access to clean uniforms, warm meals, medical and dental care, mail, and camaraderie, all in a safe environment.