Stand Down !
The Compton Veterans Stand Down began in 2003; and is the exclusive Stand Down of “For the Love of Our Veterans” and the Compton Chamber of Commerce.
Our Veterans Stand Downs are orchestrated, coordinated, and implemented by the Compton Chamber of Commerce. Veterans Stand Downs are a means of meeting the needs of our veterans and their families.
The Compton Veterans Stand Down carries the philosophy of all nationwide
Stand Downs, which is:
“A Hand Up!”
The mission of “For the love of our Veterans” is to identify and address the issues faced by the veterans; especially those veterans who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.
The Compton Veterans Stand Down is a three-day event providing supplies and services to all Veterans and their families, with emphasis on homeless veterans, at-risk, and down-trodden veterans. The provided supplies and services include, but not limited to
food (three meals daily; fruits and snacks throughout the weekend),
VA benefits counseling and claims, and
Social Security benefits counseling and claims.
Veterans also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment, and mental health counseling.
The Compton Veterans Stand Down is a collaborative event, coordinated between the local VA Medical Centers, other government agencies and community-based service providers.
The Compton Veterans Stand Down event brings together over a scheduled “three-day weekend,”
Legal Aid, and
a variety of volunteers and other organizations and components,
to assist in creating a permanent path of stability to the Homeless Veterans.
The Veterans Administration estimates that 250,000 Veterans are homeless on any given night; and over the course of a year, approximately twice that many Veterans experience homelessness. Additionally, about one-third of the adult homeless population are Veterans. America’s homeless Veterans have served in World War II, the Korea War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Afghanistan and Iraq. Nearly half of homeless Veterans served during the Vietnam era.
A community is often judged by how well it takes care of its own. Serving those who have served our Nation is the primary goal of our Veterans Stand Down!