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Help Bring Awareness to Veteran Services

Help Bring Awareness to Veteran Services
Agency:  Linn County Veteran Affairs
Project Name: Help Bring Awareness to Veteran Services
Primary Contact: Don Tyne, Linn County Veterans Affairs Officer, (319) 892-5162, (email)
Primary Address: 825 3rd St. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
(See a map)

Serve on the Stand Down committee and help change the lives of homeless or near homeless veterans in our community. As a committee member you will be able to share your time and talents with others to make next year's event a success.

The Five Seasons Stand Down helps people who are homeless or near-homeless transition to community living by providing access to human service agencies, including benefits counseling (Social Security and Veterans), employment and training assistance, eye exams, health care screenings, housing services, legal assistance, mental health treatment and substance abuse counseling. Approximately 70 service agencies participate annually in the Stand Down and several of them will offer classes to Stand Down attendees. 

"This is a community-wide, collaborative effort between local veterans' organizations and community agencies that serve the homeless."; said Don Tyne, Director of Linn County Veteran Affairs and one of the Stand Down's organizers. "Our goal is to connect people who are homeless or near-homeless with services that will help them get back on their feet and become self-sufficient." 

About Stand Downs

Stand Down is a term used in times of war in which exhausted combat units come off the battlefield to rest and recover in a place of safety. Today, Stand Down also refers to a community-based program that provides homeless and near-homeless veterans with food, shelter, clothing, basic medical exams, and assistance or referrals for social services such as housing, legal matters, mental health and substance abuse issues and job counseling.

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the first Stand Down was organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam Veterans in San Diego. Since then, Stand Downs have been used as an effective tool in reaching out to homeless veterans, reaching more than 200,000 veterans and their family members.

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More information about Linn County Veteran Affairs
Linn County Veteran Affairs
Last updated on January 15, 2014

Serve each veteran Remember their service Understand their needs

Nationally Certified VA service officer helps eligible veterans apply for VA compensation and pension programs. VA programs are designed to help veterans, their spouse and dependent. Assistance
Linn County provides up to three months of assistance to eligible resident veterans and their immediate family.
These basic needs include:
Interest on original mortgage
Linn County Veteran Affairs office is available for workshops, presentations concerning Federal and County Veteran benefits. Outreach programs include:
Stand Downs
Sleep Outs
Political Forums
Our Outreach programs offer an excellent opportunity for the community to volunteer and help support services to veterans.

Linn County VA is one of 22 fully staffed county Veteran Service Offices in the State.

Contact people:
 Donald Tyne, Executive Director, (phone), (email)
Linda Schutz, Administrative Assistant, (phone)

Office fax number: (319) 892-5169

 825 Third Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.linncounty.org


 We are locted within a block of the Flying Winee and Metco Credit Union. We are located in a blue building between 2nd stret SW and 3rd street SW
  Nearest Metro/Subway Stop: 1st AVE NW,
  Walk distance (in minutes): 15
  Nearest Bus Stop: On a bus line, 1 minute minute walk
Last updated on January 15, 2014



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