StandDown is a military term that refers to a brief period of time for a solider to leave an active combat area,to rest and regain strength before returning to battle. The Arizona StandDown is an annual three day event that seeks to offer a hand up to former members of the U.S. Armed Forces in the Valley who now battle with homelessness and life on the streets. The event brings together the Valley's homeless and at-risk military veterans, connecting them with services ranging from: VA HealthCare, Mental Health Services, Clothing, Meals, Emergency Shelter, Transitional and Permanent Housing, ID/ Drivers License's, Court Services and Legal Aide, Showers and Haircuts and myriad other services and resources. The Arizona StandDown is held at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds on Super Bowl weekend.
The Arizona StandDown’s goal is to increase the community’s awareness of the plight of the homeless American veteran, while bringing a variety of social service providers together to meet with, inform and assist veterans in reintegrating back into our communities through housing and support services. Ultimately, it is our hope that such events can bring forth the awareness and political/community will necessary to assert the on-going resources it will take to end veteran homelessness once and for all.
For more information, please visit arizonastanddown.org