New time, location for annual Veterans Stand Down - Tucson News Now

New time, location for annual Veterans Stand Down

(Source: Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans) (Source: Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson's annual Veterans Stand Down has a new time and location for the 2018 event. 

The Grand Luxe Hotel at 1365 West Grant Road, just west of Interstate 10, is the new location and the event will take place from Thursday, March 15 to Saturday, March 17. 

Veterans that are homeless are asked to check in for the event on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grand Luxe Hotel.  Military service will be verified.  

Local service providers will offer veterans in need the following services: clothing, showers, haircuts, health screenings, medical care, legal assistance, housing options, employment support services, as well as food stamps, and VA and Social Security benefits. Additional services will be provided for those with pets and will include grooming, vaccinations, licensing, spay and neuter surgery, as well as access to a pet store. 

A career fair is scheduled for Thursday, March 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., this fair is not only for veterans, but the active duty military, Guard and Reserve members as well.  

There will also be a resource fair on Friday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., active duty, Guard and Reserve members can also participate. 

In active service, a Stand Down is a necessary mental and physical break from combat. Military personnel spend a few days in a safe place to rest and recuperate before returning to frontlines. This Stand Down aims to reach as many of those homeless Veterans and Veterans at risk of becoming homeless as possible, connecting them to services that will allow them to get on the path to self-sufficiency.

Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans is a network of federal, state and local government, Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs), and private agencies that help veterans get stable jobs and achieve self-sufficiency. The Stand Down event is possible thanks to Homeless Veteran Program funds from the federal Department of Labor (DOL); and donations from organizations such as the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the American Legion and Auxillary. Significant organization, planning, and coordination support comes from agencies such as the State of Arizona’s Department of Economic Security Veteran Employment Services and the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross. 

Staffing from the funding agencies and other members of TVSV help to plan and run the event, and numerous volunteers from Tucson are crucial in making this event a success for the Veterans in Need in our community.

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