Welcome to the Orange County Stand Down
Stand Down is Postponed
This is the official website of Orange County Stand Down for Homeless Veterans and families. We want to share with you the accomplishments that were achieved and services O.C. Stand Down provides.
What is a Stand Down?
“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 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):
- Medical, Dental and Vision Exams and Care
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling
- Veterans & Social Security Benefits Identification and Assistance
- Employment and Housing Assistance
- Legal Assistance
- Children’s Services / Special Tent Just For Kids
- Massages / Chiropractor / Acupuncture / Podiatrist
- Workshops for Legal, Benefit, and Social Services
Additionally, attendees had 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, provided by the marines from Camp Pendleton, through which they will have the ability to bond with their fellow veterans. We also have tents for families and female veterans.