This weekend, Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD) will host their 31st Stand Down from Friday, June 28th, to Sunday, June 30th. This event lasts 3 days and 2 nights. VVSD organizes over 3,000 volunteers from 150 different organizations to provide services for over 800 homeless veterans and their families. VVSD founded Stand Down in 1988 and now over 200 hundred Stand Down events take place across the country every year.
In addition to organizing Stand Down every year, VVSD provides year-round assistance with housing, employment, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation to San Diego County Veterans.
Also, they are also part of San Diego’s Homeless Court Program (HCP), a collaborative partnership with the courts, prosecutors, and public defenders to resolve the outstanding misdemeanor offenses and warrants of the homeless participants. The HCP builds on partnerships between the court, prosecutor, public defender, and local service agencies to help resolve the problems that homelessness represents with practical and effective solutions and services.
Coming this fall, the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic will open at VVSD to provide confidential, high-quality behavioral healthcare services and local resource connection at low to no-cost to post-9/11 veterans (including National Guard and Reserves), their families, and the families of active duty service members including spouse or partner, children, parents, siblings, caregivers, and others. Services will be available regardless of discharge status, role while in uniform, combat experience, ability to pay or insurance.
As our Year of Military Law draws to a close, we are proud to have partnered with Veterans Village to be an intake site for Stand Down and to support their amazing mission to help our San Diego County Veterans.