AARP this month is sponsoring the Seattle Stand Down, a free two-day event that helps veterans who are homeless or experiencing housing instability to access social services.
Among the offerings vets can take advantage of are haircuts and hot food; service providers will be on hand to help veterans and their families with housing, jobs, legal aid, and medical and dental care.
Named after a military phrase for rest and relief from duty, the annual Stand Down presents a one-stop setting where veterans can easily navigate the many benefits available to them.
It’s run by volunteers, many of whom are veterans who vow to “never leave a fallen comrade behind,” even after military members become civilians. Volunteers provide camaraderie, peer-to-peer support and a safe place for fellow vets to get help.
Part of a national grassroots movement to end veteran homelessness, Seattle Stand Down has helped nearly 4,000 former service members since 2011.
This year’s event will be on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 13, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., at South Seattle College’s Georgetown Campus, 6737 Corson Ave. S.
It will be held in Building C, also known as Gene J. Colin Education Hall. For more information, visit theseattlestanddown.org.