Mountain Home VA Medical Center
2011 Knoxville Stand Down
On November 3, 2011, the Knoxville Homeless Veterans Stand Down took place at the Park West Church of God. This was the 11th annual consecutive Stand Down to be held in Knoxville since 2000. The Stand Down was a collaborative effort between various groups that included the Department of Veterans Affairs, Volunteers of America (VOA), Remote Area Medical (RAM), Army National Guard, East Tennessee Women Veterans Network, Women Marines Association - Rocky Top Chapter TN-1, Department of Labor, Veterans Upward Bound, and the Vet Center.
A total of 179 Veterans participated in the Stand Down this year and were provided a variety of services such as dental, vision, medical, and the opportunity to meet with the Knox County City and General Sessions Court. Meeting with the Knox County City and General Sessions Court assisted Veterans with getting outstanding legal charges and accompanying fines and court charges addressed. This service often times allows the veteran to reinstate their driving license, thus removing a barrier to employment and subsequently homelessness. The judicial services rendered were a concerted effort between the Knox County Judicial system, Knox County District Attorney’s Office, Knox County Public Defender’s Office, and Operation Stand Down. Remote Area Medical registered 134 veterans for care and provided 188 total services. A total of 100 veterans received glasses and 79 dental extractions were performed, for a total of $41,057 of free medical care provided.