2018 Veterans Stand Report
First and foremost, I want to thank you for your contribution to the 2018 At-Risk Veterans Stand Down. You have and continue to make a difference in the lives of those seeking a hand up.
Here are the numbers that you should know.
268 Veterans were served
248 males and 20 females
28 homeless veterans were all males
67 veterans had disabilities
6 were experiencing serious medical conditions
11 were unemployed
22 were without income
243 volunteers and vendors (Great!)
Quick note: Three of our clients found out that they had a serious medical condition and treatment was scheduled within a week for these veterans. They would not have received the testing if not for the Stand Down. Easily one of my best takeaways from 2018.
A comparison to prior Stand Downs shows a drop off of over 120 veterans attending, a significant drop in homelessness and a lower demand for intensive services. It also shows a significant increase in PTSD acknowledgements by the veterans.
All this information shows is progress toward our goal of ending homelessness among veterans in Mohave County. It also shows a return to a gainful civilian life for our clients.
This is why we do what we do and you can pat yourself on the back for the job you have done and continue to do.
What does all of this information mean? When you combine it with changes happening in Kingman, Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City it becomes obvious that the Stand Down in its current format needs to be tailored to the evolving nature of the problems.
Therefore I am recommending that 2019 be the last three day Stand Down and that we shift to a quarterly mini- stand down and Lake Havasu City already does this. Who better to host these events but the local resources? We can add short day events in Bullhead City, Kingman and Parker to attack the local issues. The Arizona Veterans Standdown Alliance is willing to work with us to obtain financial support for these mini events.
This formula will maximize the impact we have to eliminate unwanted veteran homelessness and get them the resources needed. There will always be those that do not want shelter and that is their choice. I do not intend to force anyone into a situation that they do not want, even if it is housing and jobs. Our product is “Hope”.
I look forward to your thoughts on this proposal. Please send them by reply email with the subject line: VSD ideas
If 2019 will be the last waltz let’s go out with the best Stand Down of all!
“A rising tide raises all ships.”
Dorn Patrick Farrell
Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council
P.O. Box 4463
Kingman, AZ. 86402
Member AZ Veterans Hall of Fame 2015
Veterans Assistance telephone number
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