VA Black Hills Health Care System
VA BHHCS Hosts Stand Down
VA Black Hills Health Care System (BHHCS) to host Veteran Stand Down
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Black Hills Health Care System (BHHCS) will host a Veteran Stand Down on Tuesday November 10, 2015. The event is open to all Veterans and their families from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rushmore Hall, C&D. Goodwill of the Great Plains will provide a meal at the event.
The focus of the Stand Down is to reach out to Veterans who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness. “Over thirty of our community partners and a dozen VA departments will be on hand to help Veterans access a broad range of specialized resources and services aimed at breaking the destructive cycle of homelessness”, said Bill Fahrenbruck, Health Care Coordinator for Homeless Veterans, VA BHHCS, “A Stand Down is a great opportunity to connect Veterans to the services and the benefits they’ve earned and deserve.”
Veterans will find helpful information and on-the-spot services. VA Black Hills staff will offer basic health screenings and flu shots and stylists from Mystique Edge will give haircuts. Veterans can ask questions and receive immediate assistance on VA benefits, special programs, legal assistance, and health care enrollment. To help prepare for winter, personal items such as cold weather clothing, sleeping bags, blankets, and duffel bags will be available.
The opening ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. with the presentation of the colors by the VFW Honor Guard, the National Anthem sung by Miss South Dakota, Autumn Simunek, followed by a welcome from Sandra Horsman, VA BHHCS Director. All Veterans are invited to attend and there is no charge for any of the services provided. Veterans who have not previously enrolled with the VA are requested to bring a copy of their military discharge papers, DD 214, to the Stand Down.
For more information about the Stand Down contact Jamison Hild, VA BHHCS at 605-490-8587.
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