Stand Down 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. They are typically one- to three-day events providing supplies and services to homeless and low income Veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, benefits counseling.  Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling available from the numerous community partners.

They are collaborative events, coordinated between local VA Medical Centers, other government agencies and community-based homeless service providers that focus on providing and offering services and support each year to our nation's Heroes regardless of their barriers.

The VIC has championed the Stand Down program and has helped to launch the effort in five different New Mexico communities, empowering other community partners to make the event unique to their communities and needs. Please see the list below for more information on annual Stand Down events scheduled throughout our state.

2021 Albuquerque Stand Down


As of March 23,2021 we are planning this year’s Stand Down to be held on Thursday, October 21st at Noon Day.  It will be a 1 day event for Veterans and their families.

In the event, Bernalillo County is at the Turquoise level, mass gatherings are limited to 150.  We are planning an alternate Stand Down in the event we are at this level or if a new level is introduced, keeping the gathering limits in mind.  We will update this page as information becomes available.

Other New Mexico Stand Downs

Looking to attend or volunteer at a Stand Down near you? Here is a list of Stand Downs in New Mexico and this list is updated as information becomes available.