Friday, July 15, 2011

Event for Homeless Vets in Waterbury

No Vet Left Behind, Inc. and the City of Waterbury

No Vet Left Behind, Inc. will join City of Waterbury– on July 22, 23, 24 2011. In Hosting a three day Stand Down to be held at Waterville Park, 1522 Thomaston Avenue, Waterbury CT. We are asking for all service organizations to volunteer to participate in this event.

Briefly I will explain what Stand Down is; 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 Stand Down for homeless veterans, and achieving those objectives requires a wide range of support services and time. The program is successful because it brings these services to one location, making them more accessible to homeless veterans.

Support services provided with the goal of helping veterans transition into civilian life. Services include providing assistance with navigating the VA benefit system and locating transitional housing.

No Vet Left Behind, Inc. will be kicking off this event on Friday July 22 at 0730 am, and ending Sunday 23 1200pm. Any Volunteer or Veterans organization interested in participating are encouraged calling No Vet Left Behind, Inc. 203-893-8341 or 203-906-0533. It is important for us to be the leader and make a contribution to our community. For the past 5 years No Vet Left Behind Inc. has provided for our veterans summer spring and fall and with you help we can continue this great tradition of giving back to those who have given so much for all of us to be free.

For Immediate release: July 13, 2011
Contact: Mary Porter 203-906-0533


Anonymous said...

Stand Down was a failure. There was no representation by any State office. DOL, DMV, Legal. I got there at 3pm Saturday and the thing was ending. Haircuts? No. Dental info? None. Housing info? None. Lots of attitude though. Lot's of people looking for handouts. Got some good info from George on Education and possible work, well, I'm still waiting on that info to be emailed to me. So we'll see on that. It was mentioned there would meals available too. Did not see anything like that save a cold platter of nasty looking meatballs. Glad I stopped and ate before I got there. I sure do hope these events are better planned for in the future. Oh yeah, if I had gotten there an hour later.... This Vet would surely have been Left Behind.

CT Bob said...

That's sad to hear. I hope it goes better next time.