"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 the streets."
- (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 will be a 3-day event, set up like a military base camp in which homeless and at-risk veterans as well as their families will be able to come in off the streets and receive basic social services from a variety of community and government agencies.
These services include (but not limited to):
Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to receive hot showers and grooming along with clothing. Our veterans will also be given hot meals and snacks throughout the day and have tents to sleep in, through which they will have the ability to bond with their fellow veterans. We will also have tents for families and female veterans.
The location for the Fourth Annual Orange County Stand Down will at the Army Reserve Center in Tustin, CA. The Army Reserve Center is located off Jamboree near The District at Tustin Legacy Center.
Transportation for attendees will be provided to and from the Army Reserve Center:
September 26th & 27th September 28th
Departing To: 6:30am Departing To: 6:30am
Departing From: 7:00pm Departing From: 1:00pm
Free Transportation to the Stand Down will be provided on Friday and Saturday at 0730. The return Trip will be Sunday at 1300. Pick up locations are:
Anaheim - La Palma Park at the "Burrito Giant"
Buena Park – VFW Post 8954 - 871 Whitaker St. (Parking lot)
Capistrano Beach – 26010 Domingo Ave "San Felipe de Jesus" Catholic Church
Costa Mesa – 1885 Anaheim Ave "Lighthouse Church"
Fullerton - Armory - 400 South Brookhurst Rd (Brookhurst / Valencia)
Garden Grove – VFW 11551 Trask Ave (Parking lot)
Lake Forest – South County Outreach - 26776 Vista Terrace
VA Long Beach – 5901 E 7th St - Back of "Old Canteen"
Orange – 517 W. Struck Ave. "Mary’s Kitchen"
San Clemente – IHope Resource Center, 106 W. Canada
Santa Ana – Civic Center Veterans Walk of Honor
Santa Ana – Salvation Army - 818 E 3rd St
Stanton – 7855 Katella (& Beach) "Illuminations Foundation"