Stand Down of South Jersey event at the Cherry Hill Armory On September 26th, 2014.

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The South Jersey Stand Down has been held annually since September 1996. Originally a three-day event, the Stand Down was hosted at Fort Dix New Jersey. After a decision was made to hold a one-day event, it was relocated to the Army National Guard Armory in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Primary support (provisions of the structure, grounds and utilities) is provided by the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

The Cherry Hill Stand Down provides services to homeless veterans along with shelter, meals, clothing, and medical attention. This annual event is an entirely volunteer effort, organized within Camden County and New Jersey communities, bringing service providers together such as the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists, Local Veterans Employment representatives, various veterans service organizations,  military personnel, civic leaders, local grammar schools and a variety of other organizations. Since 1996 this event has served as a catalyst that enables homeless veterans to re-enter mainstream society. In 2009 we serviced nearly 200 veterans.

Stand Down Gives Vets a Step up

Mark Briley, 50, of Philadelphia talks with  Ayanna Garrett with the Phila. V.A. Medical Center about his health benefits for services at Stand Down 2013, at the National Guard Armory in Cherry Hill September 27, 2013. He served with the U.S. Army in first Gulf War from 1991-1992. Sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Stand Down of South Jersey Committee, the annual event provide homeless veterans with access to healthcare, mental health screening, substance abuse counseling, social services (food stamps and unemployment), legal services, religious counseling, a hot meal, a haircut and winter clothing. ( TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer )Jose Aponte, a 20-year Army veteran who served in Desert Storm and Granada, can’t sit in dark movie theaters or crowded restaurants without breaking into a sweat. He can’t sleep for more than four hours every seven days.

At his homecoming party in Pennsauken in 1997, he remembered how he panicked when he heard the township siren….read full article

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