United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

Bay Pines VA to host Stand Down for Homeless Veterans

March 18, 2013

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BAY PINES, Fla. – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) will host a Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event on April 6 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event is scheduled to take place in the courtyard located near building 37 at the medical center campus located in Bay Pines.

The event will be held rain or shine and feature a wide range of services available for homeless Veterans and those at risk of becoming homeless. Services available will include access to medical care; free meals, toiletries and clothing items; VA health care, benefits and housing information; employment assistance and more.

Veterans interested in attending the event should bring a copy of their DD214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," birth certificate, social security card and two documents that can verify their mailing address. Veterans who currently reside in a shelter are also encouraged to furnish a copy of their shelter statement.

"The brave men and women who served our country should never be without a place to call home, living without care," said Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VAHCS.

"Through events like homeless stand downs and other programs, we are able to partner with the community and provide invaluable resources to homeless Veterans or those who are at risk of becoming homeless – to get them back on their feet and to provide them with the care they earned through their service."

Over the years, the Bay Pines VAHCS has participated in, and hosted, numerous stand down events across the 10-county area the system serves, said Rosemarie Stauffer, Homeless Veterans Coordinator, Bay Pines VAHCS.

"By partnering with our communities, stand down events have streamlined access to homeless programs and resources, and reduced barriers to these services. Services include mental health, substance abuse treatment, employment, housing, medical and dental, legal, and simple needs such as food, clothing and supplies," she said.

To learn more about the upcoming Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event hosted by the Bay Pines VAHCS, please call 727-398-6661 extension 7552.

This event is open to the media. For media inquiries or advanced information, please call Jason Dangel, Public Affairs Officer, at 727-398-9531, or 727-798-1531.

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation's leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 3,500 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The Bay Pines VA is accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The healthcare system is also a three-time winner of the Robert W. Carey Circle of Excellence Award, the VA's top honor for quality achievement. The healthcare system operates nine facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring. Every year Bay Pines VAHCS treats nearly 100,000 Veterans while providing a full range of high quality medical, psychiatric, and extended care services in outpatient, inpatient, nursing home, and home care settings.

For more information about the Bay Pines VAHCS, please visit www.baypines.va.gov.