VA to outline veterans benefits at Stand Down event

Friday, September 14, 2012

On Thursday, Sept. 27, the Manchester VA Medical Center’s Healthcare for Homeless Veterans program will partner with Harbor Homes Inc. to sponsor a Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event.

Stand Down is a nationwide initiative between the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Labor and nonprofit agencies in the community. Stand Downs provide services to homeless veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment. Last year, approximately 150 New Hampshire veterans gained access to needed services through the VA and community agencies. This year, the VA will have representation from eligibility, mental health, substance abuse treatment, Medical Foster Home Program, OEF/OIF/OND program, suicide prevention, Minority Veterans Program, Veterans Justice Outreach, VA benefits, The Vet Center, women’s clinic, primary care, My HealtheVet, Homeless Veterans Supportive Employment, and the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program.

To learn more about the Stand Down, call Lisa Jacobus at 624-4366, ext. 3622. To volunteer, contact Erin Schaick at 882-3616, ext. 1148, or

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