SOUTH FLORIDA STAND DOWN
Chaplain (Colonel) Mike Lembke (Army) participated in the Second Annual South Florida Homeless Veterans Stand Down event, May 1, 2015. This is one of many such events sponsored across the nation in support of veterans and available to other groups wanting to help veterans.
The term Stand Down is used in the military, during times of war, to remove exhausted combat units requiring time to rest and recover from the battlefield to a place of relative security and safety. Today, Stand down refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation’s estimated 59,000 homeless veterans “combat” living on the streets. The Miami-Dade County effort expected 300 homeless and At-Risk of becoming homeless veterans from otheir Tri-County Region to attend this Stand Down.
For four days and three nights, they provided a place where homeless Patriots and their families could access resources and services to change and perhaps save their lives. Some of these service included: Medical and Dental care, housing assistance, employment services, legal services, spiritual counseling and much more. Hot meals, showers, clean clothes and hair treatments were also available daily. Check your local community for Stand Down opportunities to serve veterans.