Upcoming “Stand Down” event to help veterans in need

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The South Atlantic Center for Veterans Education and Training, Inc. (SACVET) will have a "Stand Down" for the homeless veterans and veterans in need in Columbus, Georgia and surrounding areas on April 26, 2014.

SACVET is hosting this event in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS), USAA, The Military Order Of The Purple Heart, Veterans Justice Outreach, Health Care Reentry Program, American Legion Post, American Legion Auxiliary 35, and SolidHires

The event will be held at Columbus Convention & Trade Center, 801 Front Avenue, Columbus, GA 31901. Registration will start at 7 a.m., and the Stand Down program will conclude at 2:30 p.m.

During the Stand Down, assistance will be provided to homeless veterans and veterans in need in the areas of benefits and pension, housing assistance, legal assistance, voter registration, social security, limited physical exams, eye and dental screenings, etc.

Medical screenings will include general physical exams. Medical consultative services will include many areas that affect the lives and well being of veterans that are homeless and other veterans in need. Psychosocial referrals for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and substance abuse will also be offered.

Employment support and compensated work therapy assistance will be provided through The Georgia Department of Labor. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, local area Vocational Rehabilitation Programs and the Continuum of Care of Columbus staff will explain VA and other benefits. Chaplain Services will be on hand for counseling. Hot meals, haircuts, clothing and comfort items will be available. Volunteers from Federal, State and Local organizations will assist us in providing needed services.

SACVET has also partnered with several federal agencies to assist eligible homeless veterans with various issues. At the Stand Down, eligible low income veterans, veterans that are homeless and veterans in need will be able to get needed forms and make appointments to various federal, state and local agencies for follow up.

For further information, please contact A. Harrison, SACVET, at 706-593-3393 or email aharrison@gcvret.org.

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