The nation's first Stand Down was started by Veterans Village of San Diego in 1988 in order to assist the homeless veterans of that region, many of whom were Veterans of the Vietnam War. Since that first event over 22 years ago, the Stand Down concept has been duplicated across the country with approximately 200 Stand Down events held nationwide each year serving over 42,000* of the nation's homeless and at-risk Veterans according to the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans.
The Bull City Stand Down (BCSD) is an annual 1-day event dedicated to providing resources and services to homeless men and women who have served in any branch of the military. During the event, the BCSD brings service providers, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Local Veteran’s Employment Representatives (LVERs), Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS), housing specialists, local non-profit organizations, and community-based organizations, the faith-based community and employment specialists.
A wide range of services offered include meals, personal hygiene kits, the dental bus, health care screenings (HIV/AIDS, TB, Hepatitis C, mammograms, agent orange, and blood pressure), showers, haircuts, substance abuse counseling/recovery groups; mental health counseling or referrals, immunizations, legal services and tax assistance.
Please join us at this year’s Bull City Stand Down on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the National Guard Armory and the Durham County Memorial Stadium. If you would like to register as a service provider or volunteer, please check back with us in June 2017:
STAND DOWN Supporters
STAND DOWN Supporters
We are deeply appreciative of the support of our sponsors and partners that make all our efforts on behalf of Veterans possible.
NC Mutual Insurance Company
United Way of the Greater Triangle- Teaming for Technology (T4T)
The Wounded Heart Foundation
Durham County Memorial Stadium
The Shodor Foundation
N.C. National Guard Armory
The Wounded Heart Foundation presented the Durham County Memorial Stadium with the POW/MIA Chair of Honor during the 2015 Bull City Stand Down opening ceremony. This POW/MIA Chair of Honor in any location is to remain perpetually empty to help people remember that even though our soldiers are not here, there is still a space for them. The seat is cornered off to prevent use.
When you visit the Durham County Memorial Stadium, find the POW/MIA Chair of Honor and remember.