“Stand down” planned for homeless vets

By Owen Wells - [email protected]

HENLAWSON, W.Va. — Veterans at the Henlawson Veterans Center have continued planning of a “stand down” for homeless veterans in the area.

Stand downs allow homeless veterans to have shelter for a weekend while gaining access to veterans services, medical attention and the veterans’ community.

Veterans will have access to health screenings and assistance with housing, employment and substance abuse counseling.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 308 in Henlawson is working with Veterans Affairs in Huntington, W.Va., the American Red Cross, Workforce WV, PRIDE, Volunteers of America and community supporters the stage the event.

The stand down is set to take place Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, 2016 at the Freewill Baptist Association Church Camp located at 870 Low Gap Road in the Harts area of Logan County.

A press release from the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 308 says, “The purpose of a stand down is to provide a safe retreat for homeless veterans to take care of personal hygiene, enjoy warm meals, receive clothing, enjoy the company of other Veterans and have access to local resources. Stand downs afford veterans the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being. These stand-downs are successful because it brings services and local resources to one location making them more accessible to homeless veterans.”

Veterans and volunteers from the Henlawson Veterans Center are still looking for some of the goods and services that will be needed at the stand down.

At a recent meeting, the group explored the possibilities of assessing the number of homeless veterans in the area and expanding the scope of the stand down by reaching out to homeless veterans in other ares.

The group plans to visit homeless encampments in Huntington and distribute flyers at the VA hospital.

Volunteers with Chapter 308 are still seeking out donations of items like toiletries, blankets and towels.

Anyone who would like to learn more about the event or volunteer their time at the stand down can call 304-752-2110.

By Owen Wells

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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]

Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]

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