The Durango Veterans Service Office, Veterans for Veterans and Disabled American Veterans of Durango and Pagosa Springs are hosting the first Four Corners Veterans Stand Down for homeless veterans of La Plata, Archuleta and Montezuma counties.
Our hope is to provide the opportunity to homeless and struggling veterans to regain the support, encouragement and resources to help them integrate back into the civilian world. The one-day event will provide food, clothing, haircuts, medical, mental-health attention, social services, legal assistance, job and housing referrals, workshops on résumé writing and interviews, and much more.
Our event in Durango will not only focus on the homeless veterans in our town, community and surrounding areas, we will be assisting at risk/low income veterans as well. All the resources provided are to help them regain their confidence and self-esteem and to rebuild their lives in a positive, supportive way.
A Veterans Stand Down is a hand up, not a hand out. Readjustment and reintegration into civilian life is much more difficult than we can ever imagine. We encourage younger veterans who have recently been discharged to stop by and see what our community has to offer them during this time of transition.
We are seeking volunteers to provide resource tables to the veterans this day. If you would like to share your skills and time for this rewarding experience, please contact one of our coordinators at (970) 238-1291 or (970) 551-0084 or email them at Standdowndurango@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.standdowndurango.com.
We need people to assist with these resources and services: education, mental health/social services, legal, housing assistance, job referrals, medical, dental, vision, hearing, counseling, Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous, clothing, hot meals/food, taxes and chaplains.
Richard Schleeter is the veterans service officer for the La Plata County Veterans Service Office. He can be reached at 759-0117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.