Community: PDX Stand Down
At a recent Stand Down event organized by Transition Projects and held at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon, a group of SureID employees volunteered to help provide supplies and services to homeless veterans.
Stand Downs are typically one-to-three-day events offering food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling. Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance programs such as health care, housing solutions, employment opportunities, substance use treatment and mental health counseling. This is collaborative event, coordinated between the local VA Medical Centers, other government agencies, non-governmental agencies, nonprofits and community-based homeless service providers.
The original Stand Down for homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down 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. Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being.
SureID was honored to be part of this worthy cause by supporting local veterans who proudly served our country.