The North County San Diego (NCSD) Veterans Stand Down exists to draw attention to the plight of homeless North County Veterans and for a brief period of time, provide them basic needs and the means to gain access to supportive services available to them.
In the spirit of the Innovate 78 initiative and the cities involved along the Hwy 78 corridor, the NCSDVSD would like to utilize a stunning sum of its parts as a whole in a collaborative and comprehensive effort involving all North County communities from Hwy 56 north to the Riverside County line to:
- Stage a North County event that will provide veterans and their family the opportunity for basic needs such as, hot meals, clothing, legal assistance, housing, psycho-spiritual guidance, physical, medical, and mental health care.
- Aid North County Veterans struggling with excessive personal, physical, emotional, and spiritual burdens that are in need of basic services.
They may currently be homeless or at increased risk of becoming homeless due to disabilities, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and military sexual trauma (MST) or classified homeless but in group residential facilities.
- Make available community and government resources to help with benefit claims processing, child care services, job counseling and referrals.
- Provide an environment that allows the veteran to focus on themselves & family while restoring dignity and rebuilding comradeship and to let them know that they are not alone and that someone cares.