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VA to hold Stand Down for homeless Veterans at Grand Island

November 29, 2011

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Will Ackerman -- Public Affairs Officer

VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System

4101 Woolworth Avenue (00P)

Omaha, NE  68105

Office:  (402) 995-4719

Cell:  (402) 332-6780






Nov. 29, 2011


Stand Down to give Homeless Veterans VA help, info


OMAHA, Neb. — Homeless Veterans can come in from the cold to get assistance and a hot meal at a “Stand Down” Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Building 8 at the Department of Veterans Affairs health care facility, 2101 N. Broadwell Ave, Grand Island, Neb.  


The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (NWIHCS) will provide free services for homeless Veterans who are eligible for VA health care that include health screening and a general VA assessment.  In addition, Veterans can also receive limited free clothing and a hot meal.


Representatives from the VA Regional Office and Salvation Army will also be present.


Veterans are encouraged to enroll for VA health care benefits before the event at the Grand Island VA.  However, Veterans who are not enrolled for VA health care benefits can register Dec. 7 and receive information about the available services.


Stand Down is a military term that means service members are removed from the combat field to receive rest and rehabilitation. It is one of many opportunities for the VA to reach out and connect with homeless Veterans to provide them much-needed rest and rehabilitation. 


“Our Veterans honorably served America. This is our opportunity to serve them,” said Linda Twomey, VA NWIHCS Mental Health Specialty Programs Coordinator. “The Stand Down is one of the VA’s many programs to reach out and serve homeless Veterans in our communities.”


The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System’s mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. VA NWIHCS employees serve more than 161,000 Veterans in Nebraska, western Iowa and portions of Kansas and Missouri. The system includes a tertiary medical center in Omaha and a Community Living Center in Grand Island, Neb.  Community-based outpatient clinics are located in Lincoln, Grand Island, North Platte, Norfolk, and Bellevue, Neb., and Shenandoah, Iowa; and a contract outreach clinic in O’Neill, Neb. For more information, visit