Marion VA Medical Center hosts Stand Down for Homeless Veterans | Events
Marion, IL (KFVS) – The Marion VA Medical Center will host a Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event on September 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event is scheduled to take place on the medical center campus located on 2401 Main Street in Marion.
The event will be held rain or shine and feature a wide range of services available for homeless Veterans and those at risk of becoming homeless.
Services available will include access to medical care; food, toiletries and clothing items; VA health care, benefits and housing information; employment assistance and more.
Veterans interested in attending the event should bring a copy of their DD214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," birth certificate, social security card and two documents that can verify their mailing address.
Veterans who currently reside in a shelter are also encouraged to furnish a copy of their shelter statement.
"The brave men and women who served our country should never be without a place to call home," said Frank Kehus, Interim Medical Center Director.
"Through events like homeless stand downs, we are able to partner with the community and provide resources to homeless Veterans or those who are at risk of becoming homeless – to get them back on their feet and to provide them with the care they earned through their service."
Over the years, the Marion VA has participated in, and hosted, numerous Stand Down events across the 52-county area the medical center serves, said Adam Coleman, Homeless Veterans Coordinator.
"By partnering with our communities, stand down events have streamlined access to homeless programs and resources, and reduced barriers to these services. Services include mental health, substance abuse treatment, employment, housing, medical and dental, legal, and simple needs such as food, clothing and supplies," he said.
To learn more about the upcoming Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event hosted by the Marion VA, please call 618-997-5311 extension 54463.
For more information about the Marion VA, please visit www.marion.va.gov.
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