Volunteers of American Northern Rockies issued a media release Tuesday stating that the Billings Veteran Stand Down gave assistance and services to approximately 200 homeless Veterans on Tuesday. This was the third successful Stand Down event that Volunteers of America Northern Rockies has hosted since May, 2010.
The event featured 29 Veteran service providers within the Billings area that offer various services such as free guidance, housing assistance, legal services, VA benefits, and other aid to any Veteran. Medical staff also provided free flu shots.
VOA President and CEO Jeff Holsinger said that “in order for a person to truly be able to recover, they gotta have a stable home.” Holsinger added that “they gotta have an opportunity like all of us to feel safe and secure where they’re living and we work hard to accomplish that, and we appreciate all the support we get in this community to make that happen.”
The media release went on to state that Volunteers of America empowers Veterans to build healthy and happy lives through its Veteran Services programs. The organization houses over 50 homeless Veterans in their three facilities; Independence Hall, a 20 bed facility in Billings; Freedom Hall, a ten bed facility in Sheridan, Wyoming; and at the Community Shelter, also in Sheridan.