"In times of war,
exhausted combat units requiring time to rest and recover were removed
from the battlefields to a place of relative security and safety. Today,
Stand Down refers to a community-based intervention program designed to
help the nation's estimated 200,000 homeless veterans "combat" life on
- (Definition courtesy of Veterans Village of San Diego)
The nation's first Stand Down was started by Veterans Village of San Diego in 1988 in order to assist the homeless veterans of that region, many of whom were veterans of the Vietnam War. Since that first event over 22 years ago, the Stand Down concept has been duplicated across the country with approximately 200 Stand Down events held nationwide each year serving over 42,000* of the nation's homeless and at-risk veterans according to the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans.
The Orange County Stand Down was founded by Deanne Tate of Veterans First in 2010. Each year, she and her staff have worked tirelessly to organize the best possible stand down for the benefit of the veterans of Orange County. Over the past 5 years the community of Orange County service providers has grown in attendance each year. The 3-day event was set up like a military base camp in which homeless and at-risk veterans as well as their families came in off the streets and received basic social services from a variety of community and government agencies.
These services include (but not limited to):