“The annual ‘Stand Down’ event for homeless veterans is modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH)- Laguna Hills. “The event allowed battle-weary soldiers time-away from the battle-field to unwind, enjoy warm meals, receive medical care, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends. Today’s ‘Stand Down’ events, offer street-weary homeless veterans a similar ‘safe-retreat’, she continued.
Stand Down events were not conceived as a hand-out, but more a hand-up, where homeless Veterans are given a chance to begin again. The event provides Veterans access to VA benefits, shelter, meal services, psychological counseling, legal services, integrative medicine, and employment/job counseling and other services to help them get off the streets and back on their feet. The recent Stand Down coordinated by the San Diego Veterans Village took place from Friday, July 21, to Sunday July 23rd 2017 in San Diego. HH’s Staff Instructor, Sandra Christie, attended the event along with several volunteer Massage Therapy students from HHSHH. Together, Instructor and students provided hundreds of therapeutic massages to Veterans during the three day event.
“According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, these Stand Down events are recognized as the most valuable outreach tool for homeless veterans in the nation”, said Paula. “Today, I’d like to thank all Healing Hands Student volunteers for the generous donation of their time, compassion, and therapeutic touch extended to these homeless veterans. A special thanks to Staff Instructor, Sandra Christie, for inspiring student participation and handling logistics for the group”, she added.
Volunteering for a Stand Down is a great way to show homeless veterans how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice. For more information about HH or the more than 80 Massage therapy and Holistic Health courses we offer, visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.