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“You don’t leave anybody outside the wire. If you’ve got wounded outside the wire, you go get them, regardless of the cost.”Stand Down Co-Founders, Robert Van Keuren and Dr. Jon Nachison.

In 1988, Robert Van Keuren was VVSD’s Executive Director and Dr. Jon Nachison the VVSD Clinical Director. They decided to create a Stand Down for homeless veterans and integrate, at one site, veteran services which were scattered throughout San Diego County.

Volunteer for Stand Down – A list of volunteer opportunities will be available on May 1, 2017.

Provide Services at Stand Down – Only open to agencies that provide free services to our veterans. A link to the Registration Form and Guidelines will be available May 1, 2017.

Sponsor Stand Down –  Sponsorships range from a One-Star at $500, to $5,000 for a Four-Star.

How to Donate Clothing – VVSD will hold a Drive-Thru Clothing Drive some time in June 2017. More information soon.

Today the need is greater than ever. Last year nearly 1,000 particpants came to Stand Down for assistance and VVSD is asking for your support. Please help us serve our veterans by donating $25 dollars. THANK YOU

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Or send us a check made payable to:
Veterans Village of San Diego and mail to 4141 Pacific  Highway, San Diego, California 92110.

Stand Down started in 1988 with the basic premise that it would be a community intervention encouraging wide participation among service providers, both veteran specific and general.

The dream became a reality and more. Each year since the first, Stand Down has grown and been refined to meet the needs of our homeless veterans. Today, many years from when the first homeless walked on the field, we have over 150 organizations/agencies and more than 3,000 volunteers from all walks of life that make Stand Down possible.


Veterans Village of San Diego connects with America’s veterans to overcome their homelessness and related challenges, creating lives of dignity and fulfillment.