VA sponsors ‘Stand Down’ for homeless vets

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Veteran support organizations joined with volunteers this weekend to push for greater awareness and care for homeless veterans in Hampton Roads.

The Hampton VA Medical Center and Military Affairs Committee sponsored a ‘Stand Down’ for homeless veterans and their families at the YH Thomas Community Center Saturday.

The goal of the stand down, according to event organizers, is to provide food, clothing, showers, health screenings and referrals to other services for veterans and family members who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

“Over the past year, the VA, in partnership with the community, has housed over 400 homeless vets,” said Marti Chick-Ebey, an event spokesperson. “At this point, [ending veteran homelessness] is not a job that will ever be done. We’re continually working to address and find any homeless vets that may not have been found, and still need help and still need services.”

For more information, visit the Hampton VA Medical Center’s website.

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