DAV Joins VFW’s Flagler STAND DOWN Staging Meeting

On March 26, 2014, the Palm Coast VFW Post 8696 held its final staging planning session for its upcoming Flagler County STAND DOWN. Post 8696 is hosting the event which will take place Saturday, March 29, 2014, at its facility located at 47 Old Kings Rd. N., Palm Coast, FL. Homeless veterans, their families and their support givers will be hosted from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Free services and items are available.

Jim Booe DAV #86 officers and volunteers assisting with the STAND DOWN attended the VFW staging meeting. The DAV is carrying out various support activities and providing donations. A key role for the DAV is manning the “sign-in” station immediately on entry to the STAND DOWN. DAV representatives also will welcome participants, identify veteran status, clarify family and support participants accompanying veterans, give initial information on the various VFW service stations at the STAND DOWN, orient participants to begin their visit, and assist with introducing volunteer sponsors to the participants, and accompanying participants throughout the STAND DOWN. Jim Booe DAV #86 is assisting with other actions including furnishing donations, providing and coordinating transportation for participants and standby support as needed as the day progresses.

VFW Post 8696 planned, prepared and distributed STAND DOWN floor plans at the staging session. The general flow of activity throughout the VFW facility was covered, brief summaries of services offered at the stations were given, and questions and answers about the STAND DOWN were addressed. Services offered to the participants will include clothing, counseling on VA and Social Security benefits, employment opportunities, food, health screenings, shelter, substance abuse treatment, and other valuable considerations.

Jim Booe DAV #86 is pleased to support the Flagler STAND DOWN as a proactive collaborator of such events coordinated among various VA, other government and community agencies committed to serving the homeless. Jim Booe #86’s support and effort for the Flagler Stand Down echoes and emphasizes the DAV Chapter’s Mission:

“We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.”