More than 700 Veterans Receive the Gift of Hope at Washington DC VA Medical Center’s Winterhaven Homeless Veterans Stand Down
 
The Washington DC VA Medical Center’s Winterhaven event saw record numbers of homeless, at-risk and underemployed Veterans. More than 700 Veterans attended the 21st annual Winterhaven Homeless Stand Down to receive one-on-one assistance withhealth care, benefits, employment and housing.  The event also offered comprehensive women’s health care to 86 female Veterans. On January 24th, many received something they didn’t expect, hope. VA Secretary Bob McDonald and Interim Under Secretary for Health Carolyn Clancy joined medical center administrators, employees and volunteers for the event.
Winterhaven is a true community effort.  At least 500 Volunteers, including 100 active duty service members, were on-hand doing everything from giving directions and serving hot meals, to counseling Veterans on avoiding foreclosure and HIV infection. With over 60 agencies and community partners on-site, Veterans received the resources needed to propel them forward.  Area employers participated in a mini-job fair, offering on-site access to job opportunities. Numerous Veteran Service Organizations, businesses and state and local agencies joined forces for the day to provide one-stop access to necessary services such as housing, tax preparing assistance and haircuts.  (VA/Reynaldo Leal)