Today, U.S. Senator Mark Udall delivered the following statement praising Grand Junction's annual Stand-Down to help homeless veterans and encouraging Colorado's communities to continue their support for veterans.
"Working together as a community to help those in need is a great Western tradition. The Stand-Down is an innovative way to ensure a wide array of veterans' and community services are available to those who need them. This has become an annual event in Grand Junction, and I commend the Grand Valley's longstanding dedication to the men and women who served our country.
"Tragically, homelessness is on the rise among veterans, and I'm particularly concerned about increasing rates of homelessness among recent veterans and women. Especially as winter approaches, I offer my thanks to the Coloradans across our state who have opened their hearts and given their time to support those in need, and I encourage all of our communities to continue their efforts to help homeless veterans get back on their feet."
The Stand-Down makes available services ranging from basic medical care and job-search assistance to advice on receiving help with Social Security and Veterans Affairs health care registration. Nearly 20 non-profits and other organizations joined forces with the VA to offer the event, which is open to all veterans who need assistance, as well as others who need help.