Helping Veterans: OCN 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.
The original Stand Down for homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being.
That is the purpose of the 3 Day OCN Stand Down for homeless and at risk veterans, and achieving those objectives requires a wide range of support services and time. Our program is successful because it brings these services to one location, making them more accessible to homeless and at risk veterans.