Homeless veterans ‘stand down’ on Jan. 21

Homeless veterans ‘stand down’ on Jan. 21

The American Legion, volunteers and federal entities will come together to provide homeless veterans a full range of services Saturday at the VA Medical Center in Washington from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Winterhaven,” an outreach effort to raise awareness and address the needs of homeless veterans during the harsh winter season, will provide free health screenings, mental-health services, substance abuse counseling, benefit claims assistance and employment support — provided by VA and other federal agencies — to all needy veterans who attend. The American Legion will send seven volunteers to the event to assist with claims processing and career placement.

Mark Walker, Legion Economic Division deputy director, will be among those in attendance.

“We think that veteran homelessness is always an important issue,” Walker said. “The American Legion needs to be a leadership voice in the communities about how to combat veteran homelessness and ultimately end it.”

In the spirit of making sure the sentiment of caring extends beyond the holiday season, a full range of services will be available Saturday morning, including flu and pneumonia vaccinations, HIV screenings and prostate exams, ophthalmology, podiatry, oral health, and consultations for women’s health concerns. Referrals for substance-abuse counseling and psychotherapeutic services will also be given.

Additionally, homeless veterans can receive assistance in career placement and benefit processing.

As always, posts and Legionnaires everywhere are encouraged to organize similar “stand downs” in their communities to create awareness and provide services for homeless veterans.

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John La Rochelle

January 24, 2012 - 6:21pm

My income for 2011 was 1397.27 per month, and knowing there will be an increase, could manage without it. On that I have lived comfortably (high on the hog); heat and clothes dryer (propane), (electric) well water, freezer, refrigerator, washer, and hot summer air conditioning, TV and satelite internet service, food (including occasional steak), garbage disposal, gasoline for property maintenance (generator for occasional power outages) and travel, vehicle maintenance, taxes (income,real estate, and personal property), Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance, and traveled (drove)from AR. and return to attend my military reunion in Myrtle Beach, SC. Where there's a will, there's a way.

mrlocksmith

January 20, 2012 - 6:16am

In a country who spends billions of tax money on millions of illegal immigrants,an American veteran must not worry about a place to stay, utilities and health care. It's a common clique, Veterans need America to provide a hand up not a hand out. May God show politicians the way.

trebor171

January 19, 2012 - 9:21pm

Paul, what about social security. When will that kick in for you?

PaulEMadary

January 19, 2012 - 5:18pm

I receive $1021 in non service connected disability, I am in need of Assistance to find a house. My rent and utikities come close to $600.00 a month! I don't have Money to make ends meet, I depend on family financial help. and I am at the Mercy of a Landlord's whims, I wake up to temperatures in the 50s in my apartment! Please Help

PaulEMadary

January 19, 2012 - 5:16pm

I receive $1021 in non service connected disability, I am in need of Assistance to find a house. My rent and utikities come close to $600.00 a month! I don't have Money to make ends meet, I depend on family financial help. and I am at the Mercy of a Landlord's whims, I wake up to temperatures in the 50s in my apartment! Please Help

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