The 2014 Pasco County Stand Down, “Veterans Transitioning Home,” is a 3-day event meant to connect homeless and at-risk of homeless Veterans to services that will bring relief from the many hardships faced living under social and economic stress.
Hudson – Homeless Veterans and those at risk of becoming homeless are the targets of a Stand Down event October 24-26, 2014 at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson. According to the Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County, there are over 1,400 homeless living in Pasco County. “The Stand Down is meant to connect our Veterans in need with the resources necessary to make it on the civilian streets,” according to Brian Anderson, Veteran and co-organizer of the event. Many in the general public are under the misconception that our government takes care of all the issues our Veterans face, unfortunately it is not true. The VA tries to help some that have served, but are not able to help all; their care cannot treat all dilemmas caused by military trauma.
With more Veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan during tough economic times, officials want to make sure they are aware of the programs and services available. “Many of our Veterans face an uphill battle,” Anderson said. “We want them to be able to take care of the issues that may contribute to them being homeless, like substance abuse, unemployment and Post Traumatic Stress.” This will be the third year One Community Now has organized the Pasco Stand Down. “We are grateful to have the community support to put on this event,” Anderson said. Corporate Sponsors include Saint Leo University, University of South Florida College of Nursing, HCA West Florida Division: Medical Center of Trinity and Regional Center Bayonet Point, American Legion Paradise Post 79, American Legion Post 275 Family, Holiday VFW 10167, Ferman Auto, and Millian-Aire Air Conditioning. A variety of services will be provided which include medical & dental services, hot meals, showers, haircuts, legal assistance, yoga, counseling services, and treatment options for addiction, mental health and vocational rehabilitation.
The Stand Down event begins Friday, October 24 at 4 PM and runs through Sunday, October 26 at 3 PM. at Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson. This is a free event for homeless and at risk Veterans and their families. Organizations that are participating include the Department of Veterans Affairs, Metropolitan Ministries Pasco, Career Source, Department of Children and Families, Bay Care Behavioral Health Services, Generations Christian Church’s Celebrate Recovery Program, HPH Hospice, Gulfside Regional Hospice, Steps to Recovery, Jericho Ministries, Sand Soldiers, Rasmussen College, USF and American Legion Unit 79.
Veterans from Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough and Hernando are encouraged to pre-register. Free transportation is available for the Pasco Stand Down. For more information visit the Pasco Stand Down website at www.PascoStandDown.org or “like us” on www.facebook.com/PascoStandDown.