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Stand Downs

‘‘Stand Down’’ is a military term referring to a chance to achieve a brief respite from combat. Troops assemble in a base camp to receive new clothing, hot food, and a relative degree of safety before returning to the front. The U.S. Department of Labor Veteran's Employment and Training Services (DOL-VETS) wants to build on this approach, but for civilian veterans who are homeless. Stand Down events allow these veterans to take time out from the streets and shelters to access needed services and help re-entering the labor force.

Today, more than 160 organizations across the country partner with local businesses, government agencies, tribal governments, and community- and faith-based service providers to hold Stand Down events in local communities. The events are for homeless veterans and their families. Each year, the Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training awards Stand Down grants to assist with reintegration of homeless veterans into the labor force through programs that enhance employment and training.

Stand Down events can be single- or multi-day events, depending on community needs. Organizers should consider the size of their homeless veteran population, both sheltered and unsheltered, and the needs of that population, including sub-populations (e.g., women veterans, veteran families, veterans with disabilities). The services provided at Stand Downs should reflect the needs of participants. Successful events occur when a number of local agencies work together to plan, market, host, and operate the Stand Down. These groups include HVRPs, local Department of Veteran Affairs, American Job Centers, Veteran Service Organizations, local offices of veteran affairs, service providers, and others.

Planning a Stand Down

Planning a Stand Down

Funding a Stand Down

Funding a Stand Down

Stand Down Resources

Stand Down Resources