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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
Nov 12, 2014  C Mankato MN Sue Worlds (507) 345-8258
Nov 13, 2014 C Longview TX Latetia Henderson (318) 990-6525
Nov 13, 2014 C Richmond IN Teresa Sichman (937) 219-7054
Nov 14, 2014 C Richmond VA Ray Patterson (804) 675-5000 x4191
Nov 14, 2014 C Los Angeles CA Michael Johnson (310) 478-3711 x40786
Nov 14, 2014 C San Pedro CA Michael Johnson (310) 478-3711 x40786
Nov 14, 2014 B Morristown NJ Thomas Dresdner (973) 920-0831
        Jennifer Deignan (908) 647-0180 x4485
Nov 14, 2014 C Decatur IL Racheal Dietkus Miller (217) 554-5679
Nov 14, 2014 C Albany GA Ciceli Vaughn-Brown (229) 483-7694
Nov 15, 2014 C Terre Haute IN James Ramer (812) 231-8385
Nov 15, 2014 C Durango CO Jana Schaefer 9970) 749-1673
        David Sena (505) 503-5950
Nov 15, 2014 C Hampton VA Marti Chick-Ebey (757) 254-6053
Nov 15, 2014 C Pendleton OR Zachery Knight (541) 969-1503
        Ron Opsal (509) 525-5200 x2204
Nov 15, 2014 C Salem VA Tanyia Jones (540) 982-2463 x3936
Nov 19, 2014 C Las Vegas NV Cherie White-Fowler (702) 791-9000 x13676
Nov 19, 2014 C Fort Worth TX Shanna Ruppert (817) 255-7125
Nov 20, 2014  C Iowa City IA Robert Otto (319) 631-2890
Nov 20, 2014 C Fresno CA John Schuler (559) 977-3697
        Catovia Rayner (559) 225-6100 x4320
Nov 21, 2014 C Fort Wayne IN Diane Page (260) 426-5431 x72156
Nov 21, 2014 C Olympia WA Erin Horner (253) 583-1631
Nov 21, 2014 C Chicago IL Jeanne Douglas (708) 383-3226
Nov 22, 2014 C Omaha NE Kerry Miller (402) 489-3802 x6862
Nov 25, 2014 A Yuma AZ Richard Perez (928) 581-3178
        Loren Feureisen (520) 310-5316
Dec 2, 2014 A Lake Charles LA Bradley Allison (318) 473-0010 x4067


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