In times of war, a stand down means a break from battles. About 1,000 L.A. area homeless and at-risk veterans and their families had a chance to take a break from the street, hunger and other hardships by attending the second annual San Gabriel Valley “Heroes in the Shadows Homeless Veteran Stand Down” held Nov. 2-4 at Whittier Narrows Park.
Veterans had access to a number of services and amenities, including medical and mental health care, substance abuse counseling, employment and housing assistance, and other assistance from a variety of organizations, including the Red Cross L.A. Region.
Red Cross workers were on hand all three days distributing free Snuggie blankets, as well as water and comfort kits donated by Northridge-based Pharmavite, LLC.
“Pharmavite elected to work with the Red Cross to demonstrate our appreciation to our Vets and our Military personnel,” said Rosa Wright, vice president and corporate secretary, Pharmavite LLC. “Our employees supported this effort by assembling the comfort kits for the vets.”
More than 1,000 comfort kits, which include personal hygiene items, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste and a comb, were distributed at the event.
The Red Cross helps military members, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to the challenges of military service. Emergency communications, training, support to wounded warriors and veterans, and access to community resources help an average of 150,000 military families and veterans annually.
photo by Roxanne Schorbach