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Stand Down for veterans is Oct. 21 in Las Cruces


Stand Down, a day of free services for veterans struggling with homelessness, will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at J.M. Carriere VFW Post 10124 at 709 S. Valley Drive in Las Cruces.

Free services and resources for veterans during the event will include services officers, VA benefits, housing, VA disability, Social Security, dental care, legal aid, comfort kits, hot breakfast (service begins at 7:30 a.m.) and lunch, haircuts and more, said Len Hampton, a Las Cruces veteran and the VFW National Council member for New Mexico.

The original Stand Down for Veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat, the VFW said in a news release. For today’s Stand Down events, it refers to a community-based intervention program to assist all veterans who are homeless or at risk of being homeless with information and services. A veteran is defined as any military veteran, regardless of county or state of residence.

Free van transportation to Stand Down will be provided by the DAV. To schedule a ride, call 575-915-4899.

For more information, contact VFW Post Commander Chris Kelly at 915-760-7139 and samburg007@yahoo.com. Contact Len Hampton at 575-405-9001 and mixedcompany2@hotmail.com.

Stand Down for Veterans