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The original Stand Down for homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being.

That is the purpose of the Stand Down for homeless veterans, and achieving those objectives requires a wide range of support services and time. The program is successful because it brings these services to one location, making them more accessible to homeless veterans.

In July 2002, the founders of Stand Down – Robert Van Keuren, Dr. Jon Nachison and Vietnam Veterans of San Diego – asked the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) to become the “keeper of the flame” and provide national leadership for the movement. Since the first Stand Down in San Diego in 1988, the program has become recognized as the most valuable outreach tool to help homeless veterans in the nation today.

Current DOL-VETS Stand Down Funding Notice

Stand Down Guide
Information about the history of Stand Down, essential program components, event classifications, and how to organize and develop a Stand Down program for your community.

Stand Down Overview
Brief document that highlights Stand Down's background, desired outcomes, development models and services and offers possible partners and funding resources.

Stand Down Promising Practices
This Promising Practices Guide contains experience, guidance, and best practices condensed from 20 surveys completed by expert organizations that serve as the heartbeat of Stand Down events throughout the year. This guide offers a snapshot of how several successful HVRP grantees and their partners working in employment services have been able to develop and execute Stand Down events across the country.

Stand Down Dates and Timelines
Brief document describing the basic timeline for hosting a Stand Down, from responding to the Federal Register Notice to submitting reports.

Stand Down Allowable and Unallowable Expenses
A current list of what expenses are allowable using federal funding, and what expenses are unallowed.

Taking the Court to Stand Down

2016 Stand Down Notice of Proposed Event Form
To include your Stand Down event in the national registry and NCHV’s newsletter and website, please complete the 2016 Stand Down Notice of Proposed Event Form and e-mail it to or fax it to (202) 546-2063 or (888) 233-8582.

After Action Report
Once your event has concluded please fill out the After Action Report. The information on this form is used by NCHV and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to compile an annual report on Stand Down programs that provide outreach and supportive services to homeless veterans. If you have questions or need assistance with this report, contact or (202) 546-1969.

Your local VA Stand Down contact has instructions available to service providers regarding requesting DOD surplus for Stand Down events. Please contact them for further information and guidance.

2014 Stand Down Notice of Proposed Event Form (Archive)

2015 Stand Down Notice of Proposed Event Form (Archive)

2016 Stand Down Notice of Proposed Event Form

To have your Stand Down information listed on our website, please download and fill out the above 2016 Stand Down Notice of Proposed Event Form.

Classification Key:

A - Stand Down (3- or 4-day event with shelter)
B - Homeless Veterans Resource Fair (2-day event)
C - Homeless Veterans Resource Fair (1-day event)
D - Homeless Veterans Health Fair (1-day event)
E - Homeless Veterans Job Fair (1-day event)
F - Other Event

Please continue to check back for newly posted Stand Downs.



City State Contact Phone
Jan. 13, 2017 A Tucson AZ T.J Rizzuti (520) 792-1450 x4164
        Bruce Hamilton (623) 687-5552
Jan. 14, 2017 C Cleveland OH Nellie Rogers (330) 761-7054 x2016
        Kathleen Penman (216) 391-0264 x2028
Jan. 17, 2017 C Adrian MI Shawn Dowling (734) 845-5058
        Stephanee Swanson (734) 845-5058
Jan. 21, 2017 C Ft. Myers FL Blossom Kapper (727) 398-6661 x17829
Jan. 27, 2017 A Harrisburg PA Keisha Kerr (717) 926-0894
Jan. 27, 2017 A Vista CA Robert West (858) 336-6098
Jan. 28, 2017 C Idaho Falls ID Sy Williams (208) 530-0666
Jan. 28, 2017 C Oregon City OR Gina Thomas (503) 650-5631
        Tasha Sloan (971) 200-0351
Jan. 28, 2017 C Washington DC Kevin Morton (202) 745-8000 x5-7302
Feb. 9, 2017 A Phoenix AZ Jeff Willgale (602) 339-2695
Feb. 18, 2017 C Milwaukee WI Robert Hawkins (414) 379-1221
        Roy Bishop (414) 384-2000 x43583
Feb. 24, 2017 C Monroe LA Alice King (318) 990-4404
March 3, 2017 B Bullhead City AZ Dorn Patrick Farrell (928) 716-3001
        Myron Nieszczur (928) 718-7368
March 11, 2017 C White River Junction VT Linda Neily (802) 295-9363 x5769
April 8, 2017 C Bay Pines FL Blossom Kapper (727) 398-6661 x17829
April 22, 2017 C Sarasota FL  Blossom Kapper (727) 398-6661 x17829
April 28, 2017 C St. Cloud MN Tanya Greene (320) 252-1670 x6169
May 5, 2017 C San Mateo  CA Tephiny Jones (650) 802-5090
        Derek McGinnis (650) 906-4426
May 17, 2017 C Atlantic City NJ Kenneth Gorski (302) 994-2511 x2814
May 23, 2017 A Roseville CA Ellie Ramsey (916) 969-0320
        Tony Solis (916) 969-0320
June 23, 2017 C Buffalo NY Sean Lindstrom (716) 862-8885
Aug. 24, 2017 A Marysville CA Mike Nichols (530) 749-1036
        Tristan Ring (925) 372-2455
Sept. 22, 2017 C Greensboro NC Shanna Reece (336) 275-8585 x301
        Bruce McKenna (704) 310-9113
Oct. 26, 2017 A Anderson CA Bobby Walden (530) 899-6331
Oct. 27, 2017 C St. Cloud MN Tanya Greene (320) 252-1670 x6169
Nov. 4, 2017 C Kenosha WI Brad Behling (262) 638-6667


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