Veterans stand down homelessness

The 21st annual Ventura County Stand Down will take place July Fri. through Sun., 26 to 28 at the California Army National Guard Armory in Ventura.

The effort is to assist veterans break out of the cycle of homelessness. Veterans in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles counties will participate this year.

Ventura County Stand Down also invites veterans who are not homeless to access the services that will be available during the weekend.

Stand Down refers to a community-based intervention program designed to help the veterans who are homeless “combat” life on the streets.

During the three-day, twonight effort, veterans will live on campus in military-style tents erected by the Seabees and have access to shower facilities, toiletries, clean clothing and hot meals each day.

Working in conjunction with dozens of public and private agencies, Stand Down will provide homeless veterans with services such as medical treatment, legal services, prescription lenses, employment counseling and referrals, VA benefits, drug and alcohol counseling, general relief information and transitional housing information.

In addition, a Superior Court will be held Friday afternoon, July 26. Veterans will be given an opportunity to adjudicate their pending legal cases before a volunteer judge who, in lieu of fine or jail time, will order veterans to participate in community service at the Stand Down site.

Veterans who pre-register at various social service agencies will be admitted to the Stand Down event.

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