In honor of service members and veterans all across the world, Grantham University staff volunteered their time at the Veterans Stand Down event for homeless veterans held in Kansas City, Kansas on Friday, June 3rd. The Stand Down event is modeled after the “Stand Down” used during the Vietnam War where troops were given a break from fighting to get much needed rest, warm meals, showers and relief from battle fatigue.
Hundreds of organizations from the greater Kansas City Metro area joined forces to provide assistance and help break through the barriers that prevent homeless veterans from re-entering society and live more fulfilling lives. Kansas City homeless veterans received assistance with medical needs, substance abuse, legal issues, taxes, housing and utility assistance, family counseling, mentorships, and educational and employment opportunities. Food, clothing and toiletries were also provided.
"The Veterans Stand Down was an incredible opportunity to work hand in hand with some of our nation's finest, commented Michelle Lober, admissions representative at Grantham University. “It was a reminder of how much these men and women often give to serve our country. Additionally, it gave me a glimpse of how much more we can do to assist the veterans in our community."
Grantham staff spent the day handing out clothing and escorting veterans through the various aid stations.