OCTOBER 17, 2020
The Wayne D. Horner Memorial Stand Down invites our veterans experiencing homelessness in south central Wisconsin to a day long event put on by volunteers in our community.
In times of war, Stand Down meant that exhausted combat units would be removed from the battlefield for a brief, but valuable reprieve. Troops could more safely rest and recuperate from the stresses of conflict in secure base camp areas, where they would be able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. Now, Stand Down means something similar. It is a grassroots effort to organize a day of reprieve for homeless veterans in our own communities. With an estimated 107,000 of our nation’s veterans facing the conflict of homelessness, Stand Down hopes to offer them a day where they have access to the community resources they need, all in one location, to begin addressing their problems and rebuilding their lives. All veterans experiencing homelessness are welcome, regardless of the branch they served in, how long they served or whether they have been evaluated for any of the available community resources before.