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In fiscal year 2013, Veterans Affairs (VA) served more than 349,000 Veterans who were homeless or who were at risk of becoming homeless - 43 percent more than the year before.

Welcome To The North Florida Stand Down

During the three-day event, the North Florida Fairgrounds will take on a
military atmosphere as tents and cots are set up for homeless veterans,
who will benefit from a range of services designed to help them escape
the vicious cycle of homelessness.



The North Florida Stand Down provides the
following to homeless veterans at no charge:
  • Two nights of sleeping accommodations
  • Three days of hot meals
  • Assessment for Permanent Housing
  • Clothing provided
  • Hot showers and clean clothes
  • Haircuts men/hair styling--women
  • Dental examinations
  • Healthcare screenings and prescriptions
  • Infectious diseases screening/testing
  • Vision examinations
  • Hearing and Glucose testing
  • Pharmacy Services
  • 12 Step and PTSD/TBI Counseling
  • Military Sexual Trauma counseling
  • Referrals for special medical appointments
  • Medicaid Applications
  • Local Service Veterans Officer assistance
  • VA Disability Claims processing
  • Legal counseling and/or Court
  • Bicycle raffle
  • Job Employment applications and Counseling and help with Resume
  • Military personnel records check and replacement
  • State Photo ID cards (Need Birth Certificate and Social Security Card)
  • Birth Certificates can be ordered
  • Social Security Benefits (Food Stamps, SSI & Disability)
  • Voter Registration
  • Personal care items
  • Various gift cards
  • Veterinary services/Pet therapy
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Free bus rides for homeless vetrerans within Tallahassee
  • Veterans children day care
Only   Homeless Veterans and their families who are living on the streets or who do not have permanent housing will be qualified appropriately by the Veterans Affairs (VA) for free access. Veteran status must be verified by the VA, by presenting a VA Card or DD-214 with government issued photo ID. If not pre-registered with the VA, you must register and be certified by the VA as being homeless in order to be eligible for benefits. It is recommended that homeless veterans pre-register to expedite processing on the day they arrive at the Stand Down: April 24-26, 2015. That website is: http://www.northfloridastanddown.org/DOCs/Stand_Down_Participation_Application.pdf


"Stand Downs” Began in San Diego, CA in 1988. Twenty five years later, that organization has celebrated may successes, and was featured in 2010 on CBS "60 Minutes"









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