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VA Western New York Healthcare System

 

Stand Down 2014

Veteran receives a free dental examination.

To reach the VA HCHV program, contact 862-8885 or the national VA hotline at 1-877-4AID VET (1-877- 424-3838).

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made ending Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 a top priority, to dramatically increase successful outcomes for Veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The main goal of VA Health Care Homeless Veterans Program (HCHV) is to reduce homelessness among Veterans by engaging and connecting homeless Veterans with health care and other needed services. HCHV programs provide outreach, case management and HCHV Contract Residential Services ensuring that chronically homeless Veterans, especially those with serious mental health diagnoses and/or substance use disorders, can be place in VA or community-based programs that provide quality housing and services that meet the needs of these special populations.

HCHV recently held the annual Veterans Stand Down at the Connecticut Street Armory where 98 VA, community agencies and employers were present to connect the 264 Veterans who attended to needed services.

Every Veteran goes through checkpoints to ensure connections are made for necessary care and support services, also receives surplus clothing items, two features at this year's event were testing for Hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and haircuts. Approximately four million people in the United States are thought to have chronic hepatitis C, making it the most common blood infection in the United States. Veterans have higher rates of Hepatitis C than the general population. Twenty percent of the attendees at the Stand Down chose to be tested for Hepatitis C or HIV at the event. Forty-two enjoyed Continental School of Beauty's haircuts.

In addition to the community involvement, the event was made possible through support with the VA Western New York Healthcare System, Western New York Veterans Housing and Veterans One-stop.

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