Socks for Homeless Vets Being Collected for Stand Down San Diego

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in Culture, Economy, Homelessness, Life Events, Ocean Beach, Organizing, San Diego, Veterans

socks for vets 1By South OB Girl

Victor Brown, Field Representative for Speaker Emeritus of the Assembly, Toni Atkins, had his hands full of socks at Wednesday night’s OB Town Council meeting – all donated by local OBceans.

Socks for Stand Down was started in 2015 by State Assembly Member Toni G. Atkins, Speaker Emeritus, after local Stand Down organizers expressed a need for socks and underwear for homeless veterans attending Stand Down.

Under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Stand Down events are one to three-day events providing supplies and services to homeless veterans.

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Victor Brown

Homeless veterans receive food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, dental care, VA Social Security benefits, and counseling.

Veterans also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance abuse treatment, and mental health counseling.

Legal assistance is also provided in processing unresolved cases, and approximately 1,000 cases were processed last year.

Stand Down San Diego will be held July 22-24, 2016.

Collection of socks for Socks for Stand Down has been extended to July 8th. Socks can be donated at community meetings (such as this week’s town council meeting), community libraries, or taken to the district office at 1350 Front Street.

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