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.

2020 Albuquerque Stand Down

August 4, 2020 Announcement:
Scheduled for October 23, 2020, we have had to cancel this essential event due to community gathering restrictions related to the Coronavirus pandemic. This difficult decision was made in order to keep attendees, providers, and volunteers safe.

In lieu of the annual event, VIC Staff will be deployed throughout the Albuquerque metro area as part of Operation Onward Support to conduct a day of service that will take place on Friday, October 23, 2020. The VIC will deploy several Mobile Outreach Teams to provide critically needed items including food, socks, and cold weather gear as we prepare for the winter months. Emergency housing will be immediately provided to any Veteran willing to accept services by the VIC or other service providers. Referrals to other resources will also be provided for those needing them.  More information regarding Operation Onward Support can be found here.

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.