When: Oct 2 - 4, 2015 | Where: Veterans Memorial Park, Hudson,FL

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Veterans Bus Pick Up Times & Location:

Friday, Oct 2 Bus Stops for Stand Down

Bus 1 – Look for the Astro Skate Bus
Stop 1: Pick up time 12:00 - 12:05 @ Center of Hope, 401 15th Street N, St. Pete
Stop 2: Pick up time 12:15 - 12:20 @ Bay Pines VA, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd N, St. Pete (Entrance off of 100th way near PTSA Bus 62, 18  Pick Up)
Stop 3: Pick up time 12:45 - 12:50 @ Boley Center
Stop 4: Pick up time 1:20 - 1:25 @ Pinellas Safe Harbor, 14840 49th St. N, Clearwater
Stop 5: Arrival at Stand Down 2:15 - 2:20 PM @ Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson
Bus 2 – Look for the Astro Skate Bus
Stop 1: Pick up time 11:40 -11:45 @ SVDP Soup Kitchen, 1345 Park St. Clearwater
Stop 2: Pick up time 12:00 - 12:05 @ HEP, 1120 N Betty Lane, Clearwater
Stop 3: Pick up time 12:45 - 12:50 @ St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 812 E. Tarpon Ave, Tarpon Springs
Stop 4: Pick up time 1:00 - 1:05 @ Metropolitan Ministries, 3214 US Hwy 19, Holiday
Stop 5: Arrival at Stand Down 2:00 - 2:05 PM @ Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson
Bus 3 – Look for the Astro Skate Bus
Stop 1: Pick up time 12:00 - 12:05 @ Rope Center, 14121 Water Tower Drive, Hudson
Stop 2: Pick up time 12:10 - 12:15 @ ACTS Resource Center, 12515 US 19 Hudson
Stop 3: Pick up time 12:20 -12:25 @ Gulfview Mall - Sam Seltzer Steakhouse entrance, 9409 US 19, Port Richey
Stop 4: Pick up time 12:45 - 12:50 @ Careersource, 4440 Grand Blvd, New Port Richey
Stop 5: Pick up time 1:10 - 1:15 @ VA Clinic Center, 9912 Little Road, New Port Richey
Stop 6: Pick up time 1:25- 1:30 @ Jericho Ministry Thrift Store, 8924 SR 52, Hudson
Stop 7: Arrival at Stand Down 1:45  @ Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson

Vans will be picking up people in Hillsborough and Hernando Counties. Please register for a pick up location and time by calling 727-375-8801 ext. 2232

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Dear Patti,

I am a vet that came for the Stand Down living at HEP. I am so glad I went, I have never seen anything like what you guys put on outside of the military. I cannot really put into words the impact your event did for me. I received more information, and help in 24hrs than I could have done myself in a month. The vendors there spent time to explain things in a way in which you could understand, and I found out things I would normally never find out going to their offices. People actually cared, and that was awesome, I had to fight back tears several times throughout the speakers and events; I felt proud again, you and your crew did that. I hope you guys realize how much you did for us vets out there. God bless you, and thank you so much.

Mike Kolovrat

What is a Stand Down?

In times of war, exhausted combat units requiring time to rest and recover were removed from the battlefields to a place of security and safety. Today, Stand Down refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation’s estimated 67,000 homeless veterans “combat” life on the streets.

Stand Down is a time for the community to connect with our homeless veterans and to begin to break down the barriers that are keeping these heroes on the streets. The “hand up, not a handout” philosophy of Stand Down requires the work of countless volunteers, businesses, and local, state and national organizations. Organizations will be available to provide direct services (including medical, dental, spiritual);ensure Veterans are getting benefits they are entitled to; and provide referrals for those struggling with mental health, job, housing and addiction issues.

Combat Veterans at Stand Down

Get Involved Ways you can help:

There are several was for you to get involved and help with this years Stand Down.

  • Donation of Goods — Reading glasses, boots, backpacks, personal hygiene items and more.
  • Donation of Time — Volunteers are needed to cut hair, serve meals, set-up, clean up, sort donations, provide medical and dental services, massages, therapy, etc.
  • Become a Vendor — We are looking for organizations and businesses that provide needed goods and services to Veterans and their families.
  • Become a Corporate Sponsor — Various levels of sponsorship are available.
  • Become a Financial Donor — We need funds to purchase food, personal hygiene items, tents, port-o-lets, sleeping cots and other necessary supplies.
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Does It Make a Difference? Yes.

Stand Down has been successful in matching the right services to those Veterans who are struggling to get their life back together.

Even for those veterans who return to life on the streets, Stand Down is an opportunity for them to take safe harbor from “combat on the streets” for one weekend a year. Certainly, our Veterans deserve at least that.

"Stand Down" began in San Diego in 1988. Twenty-five years later, that organization has celebrated many successes, and was featured in 2010 on “60 Minutes.” There are now more than 200 Stand Downs throughout the country. While many Stand Downs are a one-day event, this is a three day event, for all homeless veterans located in the Tampa Bay Area.

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