Omaha Public Radio News
3:12 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Stand Down will help homeless veterans connect with VA and community services

Omaha, NE – The VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa is providing free services for homeless veterans tomorrow from 9 until Noon at the Omaha Civic Center.

VA Public Affairs Officer Will Ackerman says the event, called Stand Down, is intended to give back to the veterans who have served and sacrificed honorably. He says this event is one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs' goal to end veterans' homelessness by 2015.

Ackerman says Stand Down is one way for the VA to reach veterans that may not yet be connected with services.

"We use this as an opportunity for once a year to bring our veterans, who may be homeless, off of the streets or wherever they might be temporarily residing, to get them rest and rehabilitation through a number of different services that we provide. And in partnership with a lot of different community resources."

Volunteers are still needed to assist with the event. To sign up, the number is 402-995-4388. You must be 15 years of age or older to volunteer.