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Veterans Stand Down, Inc.
Next Meeting Date
3:00 pm at the National Guard Armory
May 7, 2013
MILITARY STRESS RELIEF PROJECT
Thank you to everyone that helped make this Stand Down a success.
We are especially grateful to those that stayed late to help with cleanup and those that helped with set up and transportation.
Media Release For more information contact:
Film Opportunity 10 to 11 am Greg Jacobs: (414) 902-5729
Meeting the Needs of Newly Returning
Iraq and Other Veterans
for Homeless Veterans
Saturday September 21, 2013 7 am – 3 pm
Richard's Street Armory 4108 N. Richards
As in previous
wars, newly returning Iraq veterans have served well in under the most
dangerous situations leaving them
with battle related issues beyond physical injury and disability such as Post Traumatic Stress and other psychological disorders.
Their service may have fostered other issues such as self-medication, alcohol and drugs, relationship and family problems.
Returning home, possibly facing unemployment, especially with non-transferable job skills, and these other barriers -
that veteran may be living homeless in Milwaukee.
Stand Down is a military term for soldiers resting from battle, Saturday homeless veterans will be brought from the streets of Milwaukee
County to begin recuperation through a wide variety of services provided by the Wisconsin Stand Down Committee: emergency housing,
medical, dental, optical, psycho-social, post traumatic stress, legal, employment and training, alcohol and drug treatment, clothing, toiletries,
barbering, federal, state, county and community based veteran specific services, great breakfast served by the Veterans of Foreign Wars
who are being honored for their many years of service to homeless veterans, and a hot and nutritious lunch provided by the American Legion & Auxiliary
Stand Down's theme is "Veterans Helping Veterans." Volunteers from these organizations
will be helping provide a "Hand Up-Not A Hand Out":
WI UAW Veterans, Amer. Legion & Auxiliary, Alcoholics Anonymous, AMVETS & Auxiliary, Amer. Liver Foundation, Center for
Veterans Issues, Veterans of Foreign Wars & Auxiliary, Disabled Amer. Veterans & Auxiliary, US Army Reserve, WI National Guard,
Milw. Area Technical College, UWM-Vets Upward Bound, Catholic War Veterans, Milw. Health Department, Milw. Municipal Court,
Milw. NCO Council, Milw. Vet Center, Vets Place Central, Nat. Assoc. for Black Veterans, Social Security, VA Domiciliary,
VA Medical Center, VA Regional Office, WI Indian Veterans Assoc.-Oneida Chapter, Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club,
Vietnam Veterans of America, WI Dept. of Veterans Affairs, WI Job Service, Milw. County Veterans Service Office,
WI Vietnam Veterans Inc., Military Order of the Purple Heart, Jewish War Veterans, Milw. County War Memorial Board,
Lands End, Internal Revenue Service, Marine Corp League of Wisconsin, the Ride to the
Wall Foundation, Paul Revere & the Raiders and Citizen Volunteers.
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Volunteers from these organizations will be helping provide a "Hand Up-Not A Hand Out":
WI UAW Veterans, Amer. Legion & Auxiliary, Alcoholics Anonymous, AMVETS & Auxiliary, Amer. Liver Foundation,
Center for Veterans Issues, Veterans of Foreign Wars & Auxiliary, Disabled Amer. Veterans & Auxiliary, US Army
Reserve, WI National Guard, Milw. Area Technical College, UWM-Vets Upward Bound, Catholic War Veterans, Milw.
Health Department, Milw. Municipal Court,Milw. NCO Council, Milw. Vet Center, Vets Place Central, Nat. Assoc. for
Black Veterans, Social Security, VA Domiciliary, VA Medical Center, VA Regional Office, WI Indian Veterans Assoc.-
Oneida Chapter, Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club, Vietnam Veterans of America, WI Dept. of Veterans Affairs, WI Job
Service, Milw. County Veterans Service Office, WI Vietnam Veterans Inc., Military Order of the Purple Heart, Jewish
War Veterans, Milw. County War Memorial Board, Lands End, Internal Revenue Service, Marine Corp League of
Wisconsin, the Ride to the Wall Foundation, Paul Revere & the Raiders and Citizen Volunteers.
It's that time again for our semi-annual "Stand Down" here in Milwaukee.
We have experienced many successful recoveries from the plight of homelessness as a result of services
obtained at "Stand Down" such as legal services provided by the volunteer lawyers of the Justice Department,
or the Municipal Court Judge who donates his time and services in the form of granting amnesty to individuals
with issues like traffic and civil violations allowing these veterans to return to society. It was reported that do
to the services provided by an IRS agent this past February as much as $40,000 was saved and refunded to
veterans that would have not known they had money coming. Combined with other services offered through
"Stand Down" these veterans re-establish themselves in the work force and once again provide for themselves
and their families in much the same manner as you and I often take for granted.
Thank you in advance for your interest and involvement in this program
of service to our less-fortunate
comrades in their time of need. Wisconsin Stand Down, Inc. is a non-profit organization registered in the state
with no paid staff. All the staff and service providers at 'Stand Down" are volunteers so any and all tax-deductible
contributions go directly to the veteran in need, and when combined with the services and supplies that are donated
provide maximum service at minimum costs. If you can provide a service that would be needed at "Stand Down"
and would like to participate as a volunteer, or would like to attend the "Stand Down" as an "observer" let us know.
If you are unable to attend but would like to financially contribute to this cause your donations will be greatly
appreciated and put to good use to purchase some of the items we do not get donated such as eyeglasses,
dental work, toiletry articles and bus tickets etc.
"Care Enough to Make a Difference!"
Sincerely yours in appreciation;
Greg Jacobs, President
Wisconsin Veterans Stand Down
Weekday phone: 414-288-5500
PO Box 170307
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53217-0307
What is a "Stand Down"?
of our friends and comrades have been asking this question in the Milwaukee
area in recent years
so we will try to shed some light on the most recent application of the term.
During a "Stand Down" soldiers are removed from the field of combat for rest and recreation. Homeless and at-risk
veterans in this country are not unlike soldiers in combat, living in the field (streets), surviving by their wits with limited
rations and enduring very unfavorable living conditions. Every day they must continue to do battle. Their adversaries
are lack of housing, unemployment, physical and emotional hardships and hopelessness.
Today's version of a "Stand Down" is designed and intended to bring a wide array of pre-existing specialized resources
together at one location and to provide a comprehensive therapeutic program to homeless and at-risk veterans that integrates
employment, housing, medical, legal and a broad range of social services.
Studies have concluded that veterans appear to be at-risk of homelessness for much the same reasons as other Americans.
Socioeconomic structural factors have largely been responsible for the increased numbers of homeless people.
Personal vulnerabilities such as poverty and mental illness have influenced the type of individual that becomes at risk
of homelessness. These studies also estimate that as many as 40% of the homeless men in America are combat trained veterans.
The current "Stand Down" concept has six basic goals:
To provide a "hand-up", not a "hand-out" for immediate relief from the
trauma and stress of homelessness.
2. To provide access to services and assistance in the area of employment, clothing, matters of hygiene, medical/dental exams etc.
3. To provide access to longer term solutions like Department of Veteran Affairs benefits, employment
opportunities, medical /legal assistance and other social services.
4. To build and maintain strong long-term interagency and community working relationships.
5. To continue to raise community and state awareness of the plight of the homeless and at-risk veterans to develop long term solutions.
6. To encourage and aid in the replication of this program in our community and other cities across the state.
Now that you have a better idea of the current application of the term
"Stand Down" we are hoping that you
will join us in educating the public and help lessen, if not eliminate the plague
that is infecting veterans and their families in our community.
Veterans Stand Down Inc.
Post Office box 170307
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53217-0307
On behalf of the Wisconsin Veterans Stand Down committee we are seeking your financial support for the
funding of our on-going services to homeless and at risk veterans in our area. At our two Stand Down's held in 2008
we helped to provide aid and comfort to over 300 veterans in the Milwaukee area. This was just a small segment of
the homeless veteran population in our city; there is a much larger population of veterans that are at risk of becoming
homeless if something is not done now. Our last "Stand Down" was held on September 20, 2008 at the Richards Street
National Guard Armory 4108 North Richards Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At this Stand Down we served over 120
needy veterans and their families, providing various services including providing eyeglasses and dental services for
homeless or at-risk veterans. In addition to the aforementioned services we fed over 300 participants and volunteers
through the generous donations given to our program by concerned individuals and organizations like you throughout the state.
We are currently in the planning stage for our next Stand Down to be held February 28, 2009 once again at the
Richards Street National Guard Armory in Milwaukee. We are still in need of financial assistance so that we can provide
hot and nutritious meals, toilet articles, eye exams, glasses, much needed dental work, work boots and other items such
as bus passes to get to job interviews etc. It is our hope that you, your organizations, members and friends
will be able to help us in this important endeavor.
We are deeply grateful for whatever assistance you can provide. If you have any questions
please feel free to call me for further details.
Sincerely Yours in Comradeship;
Greg Jacobs, President
Weekday phone: 920-836-1825
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