Stand Down 2017
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017 (VETERANS ONLY): 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017 (VETERANS & NON-VETERANS): 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
'Hand up' not a 'Hand out'
The Veterans Integration Center (VIC), NM Department Workforce Solutions - VETS, NM Department Veterans' Services, and the VA Medical Center unite with federal, state, local and other non-profit organizations to assist homeless veterans during what is known as the Stand Down & Project Hand-up in Albuquerque.
is a military term originating from times of war when exhausted combat troops were given the opportunity to return to a place of relative security to rest and recover. Stand Downs today have become common as a means to care for and advocate for homeless veterans. Every day, like the soldier in combat, the homeless veterans must continue to do battle. His enemies often include lack of shelter, unemployment, physical and emotional difficulties, legal difficulties, substance abuse and hopelessness. Battling these enemies on a daily basis creates a self-destructive cycle leading to complete withdrawal from mainstream American society. To aid homeless veterans in regaining their dignity and self-respect, our help is required - our organizations offer a 'hand up' not a 'hand out.'
will be open soon.
This Year's Stand Down will be held at The Rock at Noonday
, located at:
2400 Second Street NE
ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87102