Homeless Veterans can come in from the cold to get assistance and a hot meal at a “Stand Down” Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Civic Center Exhibition Hall, 1804 Capitol Ave, Omaha.
The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (NWIHCS) will provide free services for homeless Veterans who are eligible for VA health care to include health screening and a general VA assessment. In addition, Veterans can receive limited free clothing and a hot meal.
Veterans are encouraged to enroll for VA health care benefits before the event at the VA medical center at 4101 Woolworth Ave, Omaha. However, Veterans who are not enrolled for VA health care benefits can register at the Stand Down and receive information about the available services.
Stand Down is a military term that means service members are removed from the combat field to receive rest and rehabilitation. It is one of many opportunities for the VA to reach out and connect with homeless Veterans to provide them much-needed rest and rehabilitation.
“Our Veterans honorably served America. This is our opportunity to serve them,” said Linda Twomey, VA NWIHCS Mental Health Specialty Programs director. “The Stand Down is one of the VA’s many programs to reach out and serve homeless Veterans in our communities.”