VA Black Hills Health Care System
VA 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 November 12, 2014. The event is open to all Veterans and their families from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rushmore Hall, D. Goodwill of the Great Plains will provide a meal at 4:00pm.
The focus of the Stand Down is to reach out to Veterans who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness. “Veterans will be able to 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, “This event is a great opportunity to connect Veterans to the services and the benefits they’ve earned and deserve.”
Several community partners will have staff available to provide helpful information and on-the-spot services. Veterans can ask questions and receive immediate assistance on VA benefits, special programs, legal assistance, and health care enrollment. To help Veterans prepare for winter, personal items such as cold weather clothing, sleeping bags, blankets, duffel bags, and hygiene kits will be available. VA BHHCS staff will provide preventive health screenings and flu shots.
All Veterans are welcome 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.