New Jersey Post 170 to host local stand down

New Jersey Post 170 to host local stand down

American Legion Post 170 in Rochelle Park, N.J., will host a local stand down for homeless and at-risk veterans from noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 23.

Attendees will receive help with VA benefits and claims, housing, and other services. Lunch will be provided and donated clothing will be available for those in need.

Bob Looby, chairman of the Department of New Jersey’s Employment, Homeless and Education Committee, said the local emphasis of this event is the third of four stand down methodologies created by the department “to provide services, clothing, food and other resources to our most at-risk veterans and their families.”

He added, “We have implemented and are continuing both the regional and mobile scenarios in central and southern New Jersey, and will conduct ‘drop-off’ methodologies when we have sufficient new military and civilian clothing to the several northern posts who have volunteered.”

The mobile stand downs were implemented last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as a way to bring resources to homeless and at-risk veterans in one location.