Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
JCMVAMC Holds Stand Down for Homeless Veterans
The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center (JCMVAMC) provided assistance to 120 homeless Veterans during a Stand Down on April 16 at First Baptist Church in Tulsa.
The medical center partnered with 12 & 12 Inc., Child Support Enforcement, Clary Sage College, Community Voice Mail, Department of Human Services, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), First Baptist Church, John 3:16, Legal Aid Services, Mental Health Association of Tulsa, Muscogee Nation, Social Security, Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa Vet Center, US Cellular and Workforce Oklahoma.
JCMVAMC and partners provided Veterans with bus tokens, clothing, employment referrals, food, gift cards, health screenings, haircuts, legal aid, mental health counseling, personal hygiene items, social services, tetanus vaccinations and VA benefits counseling.
“The homeless Veteran Stand Down is important because it gives us the ability to reach homeless Veterans that we may not be able to encounter out in the community,” said Melanie Goldman, VA Homeless and Compensated Work Therapy Program Manager. “Often, homeless Veterans are reluctant to go to a VA Medical Center or outpatient clinic to get needed services. Because of that reluctance, we go out into the community to meet the Veteran where they are.”
The event was open to the general public and JCMVAMC and partners also provided assistance to 74 family members and non-Veterans who are homeless.