Indy Star and NUVO Magazine highlight ‘Stand Down’
An eventaimed to help homeless veterans stand up helped 489 veterans. At AMVETS Post99, 231 volunteers rushed to unfold extra chairs for the 11th annualStand Down event held Sept. 10.
Post 99 was lined with tables, each serving as a station to offer free goods, advice and help to some of the homeless and near-homeless veterans of the Indianapolis area. While men and women made their way to each station inside, others were having their haircut for free outside as well as speaking with professionals for employment advice.
Whitney Hamilton, a 59-year-old Vietnam veteran believes that events like Stand Down are extremely beneficial and he relies on services provided each year.
“As I keep going through this process and I see these blessings keep coming, it makes me just, this is where I want to be,” Hamilton said. “I am loving my recovery.”
Stand Down originated in SanDiego, Calif, as a place for homeless veterans to come and receive help as they cope with postwar life.