Saturday, February 5, 2011

Arizona StandDown

A homeless vet gets a haircut and a shave during the Arizona StandDown, an event that brings needed services to homeless and at risk veterans in the Phoenix area.
The Arizona StandDown is an annual three day event that brings together the Valley's homeless and at-risk military veterans, connecting them with services ranging from VA HealthCare, mental health services, clothing, meals, emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing, ID/ drivers licenses, court services and Legal Aide, showers, haircuts and myriad other services and resources. Arizona StandDown is held annually at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix on Super Bowl weekend. 
Most times we just drive by the homeless without really seeing them. We forget that as many as one quarter of the homeless are military veterans, men and women who have served our country. Many are dealing with post traumatic stress issues and other problems associated with their service.
There are more photos from the StandDown in my archive and available from ZUMA Press.