The Cheyenne VAMC’s annual “Homeless Stand Down Event” connects homeless Veterans and those “at-risk” for homelessness to resources in the community, contributing to VA’s goal to eliminate homelessness.  This year’s event is scheduled to take place Thursday, October 25that the American Legion, Post 6. Between 9am – 12pm on this date, those in need are encouraged to visit the event in order to receive goods, services and program information.

Free flu shots will be provided to Veterans, and there will be a wide range of information and services available at this year’s “Stand Down.” Specifically, assistance will be available for enrollment into the VA healthcare system and access into VA’s “Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program,” VA housing programs, dental screening, referrals to VA Chaplains, Women Veteran health services and substance use treatment programs. Assistance with Veteran Benefits (disability claims) will all be provided. Representatives from other support services will offer employment and education materials. Those with immediate needs will receive free food, clothing, blankets and barbering.

Each year, VA participates in more than 100 stand downs coordinated by local entities. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless.

Partners for this event include the Department of Veterans Affairs – Veterans Health Administration and Veterans Benefits Administration, State of Wyoming Vocational Rehabilitation, Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless, Salvation Army, COMEA Shelter, State of Wyoming: Department of Workforce Services, Social Security Administration, Community Action of Laramie County and American Legion Auxiliary.