Sacramento Stand Down 2013 will take place at Mather Field in Rancho Cordova on September 20, 21, & 22.
The original Stand Down for the 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, send 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.
Stand Down is an intervention that was conceived from the ground up specifically for veterans. It is designed to transform the despair and immobility of homeless into the momentum necessary to get into recovery, to resolve legal issues, to seek employment, to access health and benefits, to reconnect with the community and to get off the streets…A very tall order for a three-day event.
Stand Down is a belief in the triumph of the human spirit over extraordinary odds. It grows out of a conviction that the overwhelming number of homeless veterans on the streets of America is unacceptable and that the local community itself must respond. It is reported that approximately 30 percent of the homeless population in the USA is comprised of veterans.
Each year the Sacramento Stand Down has grown and been refined to meet the needs of our area homeless veterans. There are many organizations, agencies, and volunteers from all walks of life which make Stand Down happen. Some never set foot on the Stand Down field while others are there from the first day of set up week until the site is returned to its original form two days after the Stand Down is over.
Perhaps the hallmark of Stand Down success is that each year more participants will have successfully achieved the difficult climb out of homelessness because of the efforts of the volunteers and supporters.