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"Stand Down" event planned for homeless veterans

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The event at the Pershing Center will provide services, health care for homeless military veterans.

Homeless Veterans and people facing the threat of homelessness will have the chance to find help Oct. 11 at the annual U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Stand Down and Project Connect event in Lincoln, Neb.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pershing Center, 226 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln.

Stand Down is a military term that means troops are brought in from the battlefield for rest and recuperation.

The Stand Down is designed to eliminate obstacles Veterans face in overcoming homelessness. The event coordinates community efforts to contact Veterans who are missed by routine outreach methods.  It also fosters unique partnerships between business, government, non-profits and community members dedicated to addressing homelessness. 

Veterans will have the chance to speak with employees from the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, Veterans Benefit Administration, Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs, Vet Centers and community agencies to receive information on housing, employment, mental health, and education benefits.  Other services that will be offered include lunch, haircuts, flu shots and the distribution of personal services.

Veterans are encouraged to enroll for VA health care benefits prior to the event at the Lincoln VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, 600 S. 70th Street before attending the event.

Veterans should bring a copy of their DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to enroll at the VA or at the Stand Down as a proof of service verification and VA eligibility.

Project Connect is for anyone in the Lincoln area who is experiencing a housing crisis. The event allows multiple agencies to provide services on-site, as well as a chance for community members to volunteer.

Project Connect and the VA Stand Down bring the full community together to address the root causes of homelessness by providing tools and supports to individuals and families seeking to stabilize their housing.  Now, more than ever before, the community is recognizing that collaborative problem solving is the only way to truly face the crisis of homelessness in our community.

The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System's mission is to honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. VA NWIHCS employees serve more than 161,000 Veterans in Nebraska, western Iowa and portions of Kansas and Missouri. The system includes a tertiary medical center in Omaha and a Community Living Center in Grand Island, Neb. Community-based outpatient clinics are located in Lincoln, Grand Island, North Platte, Norfolk, and Bellevue, Neb., and Shenandoah, Iowa; and a contract outreach clinic in O'Neill, Neb. For more information, visit www.nebraska.va.gov.

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