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Stand Down

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

2014 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 2014 Stand Down Notice of Proposed Event Form and e-mail it to Phillip Stringfield at 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 Phillip Stringfield at or (202) 546-1969.

VA has made detailed instructions available to service providers requesting surplus for Stand Down events (to be approved by your local facility HCHV coordinator or VA employee Stand Down point of contact).  Please click here to access this set of instructions.  The attachments needed to complete this process are included below.

Stand Down Surplus Notification Request Form

Surplus Authorization Form

2014 Stand Down Notice of Proposed Event Form


To have your Stand Down information listed on our website, please download and fill out the above 2014 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 Name/Email Phone
April 8, 2015 C Brainerd MN Paul Pederson (218) 722-8763
April 10, 2015 A San Gabriel CA Michael Johnson (310) 478-3711 x40786
April 11, 2015 C Oakhurst CA James Lujan (559) 225-6100 x5764
        Terry Cole (559) 760-5056
April 17, 2015 C Winston-Salem NC Jennifer Herb (704) 638-9000 x3011
April 18, 2015 C Sanford FL Ken Mueller (407) 373-5471
April 24, 2015 B Tallahassee FL Deanna Green-Corbett (850) 521-5767
April 24, 2015 C St. Cloud MN Paul Pederson (218) 722-8763
        Carolyn Ramirez (320) 255-6480 x7190
May 2, 2015 C St. Louis MO Laurie Geurin (314) 652-4100 x5639
        David Kollore (401) 742-6731
May 7, 2015 C Forks WA John Braasch (360) 301-9987
        Olivia Reiber (260) 664-1015
May 8, 2015 D Safford AZ Kat Sticklin (928) 428-7431
        Robert Pilcher (520) 459-1529 x3474
May 9, 2015 C Coeur D'Alene ID Eric Swanbeck (208) 704-0548
        Andy Rogers (509) 462-2500 x4020
May 14, 2015 C Alexandria MN Paul Pederson (218) 722-8763
        Carolyn Ramirez (320) 255-6480 x7190
May 14, 2015 B San Luis Obispo CA Christina Chandler (805) 781-5768
        George Moran (805) 782-9101
May 15, 2015 C Kalamazoo MI Aaron Edlefson (269) 373-5284
        Sam Beals (269) 966-5600 x31625
May 15, 2015 C Flagstaff AZ Ted Materllo (928) 310-4590
        Markham Breen (928) 445-4860 x5305
May 20, 2015 C Lansing MI Renee Jones (517) 489-5278
        Shelley Wilkinson (269) 966-5600 x37830
May 20, 2015 C Los Angeles CA Michael Johnson (310) 478-3711 x40786
May 21, 2015 C Rainell WV Idona Brewster (304) 255-2121 x4480
May 25, 2015 C Pomona CA Joe Leal (323) 543-8440
        Michael Johnson 310) 478-3711 x40786


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