Boston, MA -- The Veteran's Benefits Clearing House, Inc. annually organizes and coordinates the activities for Operation Stand Down. Statistics show that nation-wide over two hundred and fifty thousand (250,000) men and women who served their country are homeless; Boston has over 600. This annual event is one small way that federal, state and local organizations become partners to extend their gratitude to these brave unsung heroes. This year Operation Stand Down will provide social, legal, and medical services to homeless veterans.
This is the seventh year that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Mobile Emergency Response System (MERS) out of Maynard, Massachusetts will participate in Operation Stand Down. The MERS unit will provide air conditioning and power to this operation's medical tents.
The MERS vans house self-contained power and cooling systems that are used as part of FEMA's disaster response and recovery activities.
This year Heather French, Miss America 2000 and a host of volunteers will join in Operation Stand Down at its 200 tents to provide meals, clothing, job counseling and other services to Boston's homeless Veterans.
|Who:||Ralph Cooper, Executive Director, Veteran's Benefit Clearinghouse; Heather French, Miss America 2000; The City of Boston; VA Medical Center, and FEMA Regional Director, Setti D. Warren.|
|When:||Friday, August 10 through Saturday, August 12, 2000 8:00 a.m. - Until|
|Where:||Rotch Park Corner of Randolph and Albany Street Boston, MA|