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The New England Center and Home for Veterans will host the Greater Boston Stand Down at City Hall Plaza on September 8, 2017.

July 15, 2017

Stand Downs for Veterans in need are designed to provide former service men and women with essential services and supplies in one location. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, the first Stand Down event was organized by Vietnam Veterans Robert Van Keuren and Dr. John Nachison. The name of the event came from the stretches of time when service members were able to eat, wash, rest, and socialize in secure areas.

Today, Stand Downs take place across the country and bring together community providers and Veterans in one place to make it easier for Veterans to access services, such as employment assistance, housing assistance, medical care, wellness programs, legal support, and prevention services. Some Stand Downs, like the one hosted by the NECHV, provide meals and entertainment in addition to basic services.

The NECHV has participated in the Greater Boston Stand Down for a number of years, and in 2016, hosted it for the first time. In previous years, the event took place in Dorchester, but this year Stand Down will move to Boston’s City Hall Plaza. This more central location will have greater accessibility and transportation options, allowing even more Veterans the opportunity to attend the event and receive the assistance they need.

For more information about this year’s Greater Boston Stand Down, to support the event, or to apply as a service provider, visit https://nechv.org/standdown.

“Stand Down Guide,” National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, http://www.nchv.org/images/uploads/Stand%20Down%20Guide.pdf.

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