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The original StandDown for homeless veterans was modeled after the StandDown concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. StandDown afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being.

That purpose still stands today when MACV hosts a StandDown for homeless veterans and those experiencing an issue that has become a barrier in their lives. The idea is to bring many services to one location and make them more accessible to ALL veterans who otherwise may not seek out services or take advantage of benefits due to them.

MACV hosts a number of StandDown events throughout the state during the year. The Metro StandDown is a two day event, the other MACV StandDowns that are held throughout the year are one day events. These events offer the same one-stop services – this ability to gather so much information and receive assistance from multiple agencies at one time is what makes each MACV StandDown such a huge success.

StandDownFor more information regarding StandDown, watch the "60 Minutes" video of the San Diego Event.  MACV StandDowns, like all StandDowns helping veterans across the nation, are based off the services depicted here. 




Click here for to download the "What is a StandDown Event" informational flyer.

2016 StandDown dates are available on our Upcoming Events page.