GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) The primary focus of the event is to help homeless Veterans prepare for winter by providing services such as flu shots, clothing, medical care, haircuts, counseling, and much more. In years past, Veterans have traveled more than 200 miles to attend the standdown. The event is organized by more than twenty veteran and community service agencies and organizations.
"It's a day that Veterans can come and get goods and services, and be off the street, and get things that they need," said Lisa Strauss, Grand Junction VA Homeless Program Coordinator. "It's not something that anybody is going to look down on you at; we're there for caring and sharing," said Maverick Collins, a Marine Corps Veteran and standdown volunteer.
It's all happening Friday, November 2nd from 9am to 2pm at the First Congregational Church. That's at 1425 North Fifth Street in Grand Junction.
Standdowns, named for the rest period given to soldiers between battles, have become a vital part of caring for America's homeless Veterans.