HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – For the sixth year, Operation Stand Down Huntsville has made it their mission to actively reach out to the homeless veterans in our community year-round; providing them a safe and welcoming environment.
“It’s kinda a one-stop meet all your needs weekend,” said event organizer Jane Dow.
This weekend, Operation Stand Down Huntsville hosted an event to provide homeless veterans with meals, showers, clothing and personal hygiene items; medical and dental attention — even spiritual advice.
“This weekend we have tried to provide as many services at one time as we possibly can for the veterans,” said Dow. “We have doctors and dentists who are here today to take care of those issues we have people from HUD and from the different V.A. services; we have attorneys here to help take care of minor legal needs situations they may have.”
In all, the event helped 110 veterans, including 12 women.
The event offers much more than just fellowship, a safe haven and a hot meal. It also fills an unfortunate need event organizers nationwide say is ever-increasing.
“Operation Stand Down is really important in the Huntsville area because we do have a concentrated number of homeless veteran here and as they begin to come back from Iraq and Afghanistan we’re going to have more,” said Dow.
Dow says one thing is for sure. The veterans are not the only ones who receive a sense of gratification by participating in the event.
“I’ve literally watched them cry because they were so touched that anybody cared enough about them to go through this much trouble to help them and to make them feel important to try to pull them back up a little bit,” says Dow.