Operation Stand Down


Congregations use 25% of the Peacemaking Offering that they receive in peacemaking ministries of their choice.

Recognizing that many veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan face tremendous problems re-entering American society, congregations are using their offering funds to reach out to those who have served in the military. Congregations support groups that work with veterans in need, homeless veterans, and groups that care for families of those who have served. Events to learn about ministry with and to veterans and their families have been held.

Another way that congregations might become involved is through support of Operation Stand Down programs. Operation Stand Down Nashville is among such programs that are held in many places across the country.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans notes: "The original Stand Down for homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being. That is the purpose of the Stand Down for homeless veterans, and achieving those objectives requires a wide range of support services and time. The program is successful because it brings these services to one location, making them more accessible to homeless veterans."

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