SUNY JCC Hosting Stand Down for Veterans on Jamestown Campus

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Last year's Stand Down at JCC's Jamestown Campus.

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SUNY Jamestown Community College

A Stand Down to support community military veterans is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17 at SUNY Jamestown Community College.

The one-day event in the Hamilton Collegiate Center Student Union features a free lunch paired with a gathering of service providers and vendors offering resources, surplus, food, and other giveaways to western New York veterans who attend.

This event is open to all veterans of the U.S. Military, regardless of discharge status. Veterans need to bring a copy of DD-214 discharge papers, military identification, VA ID card, or a license with veteran status to present at registration. Veterans can pre-register at buffalostanddown.org.

The event targets homeless veterans, but the resources are critical and available to all veterans who wish to attend.

Veterans can obtain information about VA health care and other veteran benefits information, education, social and family services, and additional resources. The Stand Down also connects homeless veterans or those at risk of homelessness with information and services including immediate housing, legal advice, and additional critical services.

“Each year we offer more resources to veterans who attend Stand Down,” said Kristen Weese, LCSW, VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans program manager. “Bringing providers from the community and Veterans Affairs together in one place for the Stand Down is a great opportunity for veterans to learn about benefits and resources.”

JCC offers additional support to veteran students on campus. The college also hosted a Stand Down on Sept. 29 at its Cattaraugus County Campus and one last fall in Jamestown.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the Stand Down again,” said Don Pool, JCC’s coordinator for accessibility services who helped bring the event to campus. “The last two we have had on campus in Olean and Jamestown were huge successes in helping our local veterans. Hosting the Stand Down gives us the opportunity to give back to our veterans in a small way and let them know they are important to us.”

The Stand Down was a principle first introduced during the Vietnam War. It was designed to give those military personnel on the front lines of battle an opportunity to experience a place of safe haven and rest.

The Veterans One-Stop Center of WNY and the VA Western New York Healthcare System present this event along with community partners United Healthcare, and Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition.

The Veterans One-stop Center of WNY is a not-for-profit service and advocacy collaborative agency that empowers veterans, veteran families, and service members to achieve economic success, housing stability, emotional health, and well-being in support of their transition from military to civilian life. For more information about the Veterans One-stop Center of WNY, visit www.vocwny.org.

For more information, call 716.898.0110 ext.108 or email avasquez@vocwny.org.