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VA North Texas Health Care System to Host Homeless Veterans Stand Down

September 20, 2011

DALLAS – The VA North Texas Health Care System Homeless Veterans Outreach program is partnering with Homeless Veterans Services of Dallas, Inc. to provide a stand down event for homeless veterans in the Dallas area.  The event is scheduled October 21, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Dallas VA Medical Center, Spinal Cord Injury Center Multipurpose Room, located at 4500 S. Lancaster Rd. in Dallas.  Homeless veterans are encouraged to attend and bring documentation when possible of their veteran status such as a letter, veterans photo ID, or military DD-214.
Various services will be provided free of charge, including food, clothing, shoes, personal hygiene kits, haircuts, dental exams, flu shots, HIV counseling and testing, reading glasses, legal services, faith-based services, housing information, employment information, and other Veterans services.  Other partners supporting this year’s event include Dickey's Barbeque, Aetrex Shoes, Mary Kay Cosmetics, DLA Piper Law Firm, Silver Star Families of America, and Administration for Children and Family Services.  VA shuttles will provide free transportation for homeless veterans from the Bridge Homeless Assistance Center located at 1818 Corsicana St. in Dallas, 7 – 7:30 a.m., with trips returning to the Bridge from 1 – 3 p.m.

The stand down motto is "Providing a hand up, not a hand out" and is an opportunity for homeless veterans throughout the Dallas area to obtain resources to help in the fight to eliminate homelessness and for those at risk of becoming homeless. "It is a time for the community to connect with the homeless population and address this crisis that affects each and every town, city, and state in this country," said Tammy Wood, health care for homeless veterans program manager at VA North Texas Health Care System.

An estimated 15 percent of America’s homeless adults are veterans, and VA has launched a campaign to eliminate homelessness among veterans by 2015.  VA North Texas provides a comprehensive homeless center for veterans to include:  compensated work therapy, supportive employment, residential rehabilitation treatment programs, transitional and permanent supportive housing, health care for homeless veterans outreach services in shelters, peer housing location assistance groups, call center for homeless veterans resources, and education and outreach events across North Texas to include homeless veteran stand downs, job and housing fairs.  These programs are all designed to help the homeless veteran combat life on the streets as well as provide tools and training to transition them from homeless to independent community living.

For more information regarding the stand down event, contact Valetta Morrow at 214-857-1121.