HVAF of Indiana, Inc. held its annual Stand Down on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at AMVETS Post 99 in Indianapolis, IN.
Year after year dedicated service providers, volunteers, community-based organizations, and representatives from city, county and state agencies join together in a collaborative effort to see that our nation’s disadvantaged veterans do not get left behind or forgotten.
Indiana Army National Guard 38th Infantry Divsion headquartered at Stout Field performed Color Guard while Major Lisa Kopczynski with Indiana Army National Guard sang the national anthem.
“Whether it’s receiving a free eye exam or a new pair of warm socks, everyone is dedicated to doing what they can to help,” says Charles Haenlein, HVAF President and CEO.
Services offered included V.A. medical and mental health counseling, legal assistance, clothing, food and free haircuts.
Stand Down, originally a military term for a time of rest and recovery for exhausted combat units, is now a nationally recognized as community-based, outreach program designed to help the nation’s estimated 200,000 homeless veterans “combat” life on the streets.