For 28 years now Veterans Villages of San Diego produces an event called Stand Down each summer in July that helps struggling U.S. Military Veterans get a “Hand Up & Not A Hand Out”.
I know it all too well as in 2013 I attended my first Stand Down after hitting complete bottom in life after struggling for a few years after the real estate bubble burst and the U.S. economy tanked. I had the intention that it was going to be a weekend camping trip and then I was “checking out”, but Stand Down saved my life.
What is a Stand Down?
In times of war exhausted combat units requiring time to rest and recover were removed from the battlefields to a place of relative safety and security. Other rested units assumed the watch. Today, Stand Down refers to a time when our homeless veterans can remove themselves from the combat of the streets and allow VVSD and the community of San Diego to stand the watch so they can receive needed services and rest.