In the early 1990’s, Wayne D. Horner, a Vietnam War Veteran and Veteran Service Officer, wanted to do something to positively affect local Veterans experiencing homelessness. Wayne felt as if so many of these Veterans could use the type of break offered to troops in combat needing rest and relaxation to continue their mission. Unfortunately Wayne was not able to see his dream come to fruition due to complications from Agent Orange exposure related to his service. In 1993, several of Wayne’s fellow combat Veterans teamed together to make this vision a reality by hosting the first annual Stand Down in Madison, WI. Today, this tradition continues as Veterans and community members of south central Wisconsin organize to provide a day of relief to those struggling to exit homelessness in our area.