Homeless veterans in and around Lincoln can come in from the cold today and get a got meal at the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs clinic. Public Affairs Officer for VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, Will Ackerman tells us they are holding the first “Stand Down” in Lincoln today.
“The Stand Down is a military term that means bring the troops in from the battlefield and certainly our homeless veterans are out in the battlefield every day trying to survive. This is a great opportunity to bring them in, give them some of their services and really help them try to get back on their feet.”
Ackerman says this is a first for Lincoln.
“It is a program we’ve done every year in Omaha and this is one of the first we’ve done in Lincoln as we also did the first one in Grand Island this year so this is a great way to expand our Stand Down services across the state.”
Ackerman says they provide a number of services at the Stand Down that includes seasonal flu vaccines, food stamps, legal aid, vocational rehabilitation and assistance with back income taxes.
“Vocational rehabilitation. Social Services will have some community agencies that will be there and be able to help them verify their eligibility for health care services which is really important for our homeless veterans because a lot of times they don’t think about coming into the V-A health care system or don’t think they are eligible and so this is a great opportunity to connect with them. One-stop-shop and show we in the community care.”
The stand Down is one of the VA’s many programs to reach out and serve homeless veterans in Nebraska.