Omaha- Homeless Veterans can come in from the cold to get assistance and a hot meal at a "Stand Down." The event will take place Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Grand Island, located at 2609 S. Blaine Street.
The event is being held in conjunction with a community-wide Project Homeless Connect.
The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (NWIHCS) will provide free services for homeless Veterans who are eligible for VA health care to include health screening and a general VA assessment.
In addition, Veterans can receive limited free clothing and a hot meal.
Veterans are encouraged to enroll for VA health care benefits before the event at the Grand Island VA at 2201 N. Broadwell Ave. However, Veterans who are not enrolled for VA health care benefits can register at the Stand Down and receive information about the available services.
Stand Down is a military term that means service members are removed from the combat field to receive rest and rehabilitation.
It is one of many opportunities for the VA to reach out and connect with homeless Veterans to provide them much-needed rest and rehabilitation.
"Our Veterans honorably served America. This is our opportunity to serve them," said Linda Twomey, VA NWIHCS Mental Health Specialty Programs director. "The Stand Down is one of the VA's many programs to reach out and serve homeless Veterans in our communities."
VA NWIHCS employees serve more than 161,000 Veterans in Nebraska, western Iowa and portions of Kansas and Missouri. Community-based outpatient clinics are located in Lincoln, Grand Island, North Platte, Norfolk, and Bellevue, Neb., and Shenandoah, Iowa; and a contract outreach clinic in O'Neill, Neb.
For more information, visit http://www.nebraska.va.gov.