VA Standdown 4th Annual South Central Indiana VA Stand Down

October 23, 2014

10:00AM - 2:00PM - LUNCH PROVIDED!

American Legion Post 18

1800 W. 3rd St., Bloomington

A partnership of community organizations will provide a wide variety of services and resources for local homeless, unemployed, and disadvantaged veterans. Free services on site include health screenings, job consultation, VA benefit information, opportunity to receive an Indiana ID (bring necessary documents), and much more.


*Proof of veteran status is required for entry to the event.* Veterans must bring their DD214 or VA-issued ID card.

Need help requesting your DD214? Contact Larry Spuires at (812) 349-4406 or visit:


For any questions about the South Central Indiana VA Stand Down, please contact Thomas Triplett (812) 332-7292,

The South Central Indiana VS Stand Down committee would like to thank all of the Veterans who came out to the Third Annual event on October 17, 2013.

Along with thanking our Veterans we'd like to thank the participating agencies, and our sponsor. The event would not be possible without your support.

Special Thank You to the Steering Committee - - - HUD-VASH Program, Maryjane McNabb & Larry Squires * The City of Bloomington's Community and Family Resources Department, Kathy Mayer * The Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Sue Gulley & Thomas Triplett * American Legion Auxiliary Unit #18, Paula Koons * WorkOne, Bob Harding * Social Security Administration, Angie Thurman * Jacob M Schrader CIV USARMY JMC, * Rebecca Feather, PhD, RN, NE-BC|Assistant Professor, IU School of Nursing

Thank you John Dixon with Genesis Church for providing transportation…

State Police Officers Kurt Feather & Jason Kempf

HUD-VASH Program, the City of Bloomington's Community and Family Resources Department, The Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross, American Legion Post 18, American Legion Auxiliary Unit #18, WorkOne, Indiana University School of Nursing, Ivy Tech Community College, IU Health Bloomington, Lydia Prescott Chapter of Colonial Dames VXII Century, Ellettsville IGA Ellettsville Journal, Edgewood High School Gridiron Club, Edgewood High School Football Program, Safeguard Printing, Humana, Hoosier Hills Food Bank,

Erne Janse Van Rensburg (Public Relations Intern), Amy Thomas (photography),

AND we could not do this with the help of All the Volunteers!

Participating Agencies

For more information on how to get involved or if you believe you have a tangible service you would like to provide at this Stand Down,contact please contact Thomas Triplett, Service to Armed Forces (SAF) Coordinator, (812) 332-7292,

Registration contact Kathy Mayer, Logistic Coordinator at 812-369-9630 or email at

You may also find more general information about Stand Down events at The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV)

Click here to view the South Central Indiana VA Stand Down 2011 Photo Gallery

The South Central Indiana VA Stand Down provides services to local Veterans struggling with homelessness.

What is a Stand Down?

Stand Down refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation's estimated 107,000 homeless and near homeless veterans on any given night "combat" life on the streets. Veterans will be brought together in a single location for the day, and are provided access to the community resources needed to rebuilding their lives after military service. In the military, Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being.

What happens at a Stand Down?

Hundreds of homeless veterans are provided with a broad range of necessities including food, clothing, medical, legal and mental health assistance, job counseling and referral, and most importantly, companionship and camaraderie. It is a time for the community to connect with the homeless and near homeless veteran population and address this crisis that affects each and every town, city and state in this country. The hand up -- not a handout -- philosophy of Stand Down is carried out through the work of hundreds of volunteers and organizations throughout the nation.

Why this unique approach?

Many homeless and near homeless veterans have suffered years of chronic or recurring readjustment issues since ending their military service, issues often inadequately addressed by traditional services to assist veterans. This is due in part to a lack of structured and effective collaboration among agencies, forcing veterans to go from one agency to another in efforts to access the various resources they need.

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