Hence an event that was started two decades ago for homeless Vietnam vets shows no sign of becoming obsolete.
And George "Support the Troops" Bush cuts veterans' medical benefits. For shame.
Except for the tradition itself, much is changing in the homeless-veteran community, said Darcy Pavich, coordinator of the local Stand Down and chaplain of Veterans Village of San Diego.
Most of the the veterans attending Stand Downs across the country are no longer from the Vietnam War era, she said, but from the Persian Gulf War. In addition, “Iraq and Afghanistan veterans (are) a small but growing segment,” Pavich said.
More and more veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will become homeless after serving multiple tours of duty, she said.