The Boise VA Medical Center is about to do its best to make this winter a little bit warmer for Boise's homeless veterans.
Saturday, Nov. 9, the VA is hosting a Stand Down event from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Mt. Cove gymnasium of the Boise VA Medical Center located at 500 W. Fort Street. Shuttles run from the Boise Rescue Mission and Corpus Christi day shelter to the VA Medical Center at 8 a.m.
Stand Down events offer veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and their families assistance in the form of free clothing, medical and dental screenings, food and other essential services including blankets, new shoes and basic social services.
Attending veterans must prove their status, either through documentation like VA identification, a DD214 discharge form or retired military ID, or verbal confirmation of veteran status.
Last year, Boise Weekly attended a Stand Down event. Since then, the issue of homelessness has become a hot topic in Boise, with the City Council passing an anti-panhandling ordinance—for which it has been sued by the ACLU. Meanwhile, Boise Weekly has published a feature detailing services extended by various community-based organizations to help people leave homelessness, which included a profile of Stand Down and other VA programs.