MACV StandDown

The original StandDown for homeless veterans was modeled after the StandDown 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. StandDown afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being.

That purpose still stands today when MACV hosts a StandDown for homeless veterans and those experiencing an issue that has become a barrier in their lives. The idea is to bring many services to one location and make them more accessible to ALL veterans who otherwise may not seek out services or take advantage of benefits due to them.

For more information, www.mac-v.org