Hope for Homeless Veterans - 9/11

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This year, we are asking for the following items:
Large duffle bags
Sweatshirts, long sleeved shirts
Winter hats
Winter coats
New socks, underwear, T-shirts
New thermal underwear (top & bottom)
Shaving cream (travel size)
Deodorant (travel size)
Bus tokens
Hand sanitizer (travel size)
New fingernail clippers
Hand & foot warmers
Gift cards

You can also make a financial donation with cash or checks made out to Denver Homeless Veterans Stand Down Committee or DHVSC . If you can't make it on September 11th and want to help, Please mail a check to
Homeless Veterans Stand Down
P.O. Box 25126
Denver, CO 80225

At any given time, there are more than 2000 homeless veterans in Colorado. If you have questions about veteran services, we will be holding a Veterans Line9 on September 11th from 6:00am - 7:30am.

All items collected will be distributed at the annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down at the Colorado Army National Guard Armory, 5275 Franklin St., Denver, on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 8:00am - 2:00pm. This event is organized by the Homeless Veterans Stand Down Committee and supported by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Denver Regional Office. If you have questions about the Stand Down, please send an email to: StnDwn.VBADEN@va.gov

The cost of this event is not funded by any grant money, so the need for financial donations is especially great this year. Cash is needed to pay for veteran's breakfast, lunch, water & snacks, transportation, water bottle survival kits, bus tokens, birth certificates and ID's. Please make a financial donation - you can make out a check to Denver Homeless Veterans Stand Down Committee or DHVSC and mail it to:
Homeless Veterans Stand Down
P.O. Box 25126
Denver, CO 80225

If you served in the U.S. Military and are now facing tough times or don't have a place to call home, call 1-877-424-3838 or visit www.va.gov/homeless for help with housing, jobs, healthcare, education and other Veteran benefits.

Stand Down is a military term that means a temporary stop of offensive military action. Homeless Veteran Stand Downs are designed to transform the despair and immobility of homelessness into the momentum necessary to get into recovery, to resolve legal issues, to seek employment, to access health services and benefits, to reconnect with the community and acquire housing.

Services and providers will include federal, state and non-profit organizations including Denver VA Regional Office (benefits), Denver VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System, Employment Services, Veteran Service Organizations, Social Security Administration, housing referrals, and Denver County Homeless Court, and legal services.

Veterans will be offered clothing items, sleeping bags, boots, free flu shots, health and dental screening, identifications and birth certificates, haircuts and eyeglass repair. Warren Technical School of Culinary Arts will prepare hot meals.

Buses will be running from the St. Francis Day Shelter, Samaritan House, and Denver VA Medical Center to transport homeless veterans to the CO Army National Guard Armory.

The first Homeless Veterans Stand Down was organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam Veterans in San Diego. Since then, Homeless Veteran Stand Downs have been used as an effective tool in reaching out to homeless Veterans. Some of the items collected may be distributed at various Stand Downs throughout the state this fall.

If you have questions about the collection, Stand Down or other homeless veteran benefits: 

Email: stndwn.vbaden@va.gov
Phone: Christine @ 303-914-5961 
Webiste:  http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/  

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