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Slowly, almost glacially, our society has begun to pull apart the many components of homelessness.

One of the main constituent groups is veterans.  And homeless vets get special attention at a number of "stand down" events around the country. 

North Coast Stand Down returns to the Humboldt County Fairgrounds this weekend (October 2-4), with a constellation of services for all veterans, not just the homeless ones. 

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Jackson County and the federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are teaming up with an ambitious goal: housing all homeless vets by the end of the year.

Vets can have it rough: we hire them, train them, put guns in their hands, and send them off to war.  But once they're done in the military, veterans meet with mixed success finding places in society. 

A new program will pump money into efforts to get veterans into homes, with $6 Million coming to Jackson County through ACCESS, Inc

ACCESS is Jackson County's community action agency, the focus of several anti-poverty programs. 


Our attitude toward veterans certainly has done an about-face in 40 years. 

Vets returning from the Vietnam war were met with disdain and outright hostility in many places. 

Now we often thank vets for their service to the country, a service most of us can scarcely understand. 

Southern Oregon veterans and their stories get time in the spotlight--and on camera--in a public TV series called "My Story of Service." 

Getting Former Soldiers To "Stand Down"

Sep 22, 2014
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Our attitude toward the military has come about-face since the Vietnam war. 

Where once we reviled soldiers and blamed them for the unpopular war, we now praise service members as heroes, without question. 

But once they settle back in society, they still have need to be met. 

And "stand down" events are designed to connect them to services to meet those needs. 

The North Coast Stand Down comes to the Humboldt County Fairgrounds next weekend (October 3-5). 

Helping Veterans Collect On Their Benefits

Nov 6, 2013
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Veterans Day is less than a week away, and this year, vets will have a chance to get a realistic picture of the benefits for which they are eligible. 

A recent poll showed that a majority of vets are not working with full knowledge of their pending Social Security benefits, or the upside to delaying the age to begin receiving benefits. 

Veterans Come Home In Redding

Nov 4, 2013
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The political figures came out recently for the ribbon cutting; now it's time for the veterans to move into the new veterans home in Redding. 

It took most of a decade to locate and build the facility, eventual home to 150 military veterans.