Each year, Phoenix hosts the largest StandDown event in the United States to help homeless veterans. Though Humana associates volunteer in StandDown events across the country, this was the first year associates took part in the Arizona event. On Feb. 9 and 10, the Maricopa County StandDown teamed up with the Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance (AVSA), a group of community-based organizations coordinated by the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness, to help more than 2,100 homeless and at-risk military veterans.
The Arizona event, named after the military phrase that lets soldiers know they can relax because they are safe, began in 2001. More than 70 service providers came together at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum inside the Arizona State Fairgrounds to provide on-site support and deliver services quickly, efficiently, and in a veteran-centered framework. This included shelter beds and other basic needs (such as meals, clothing, shoes, hygiene products, showers, and restroom facilities) to help them recuperate from life on the streets. The providers of these services included:
• The Arizona Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Division
• The City of Phoenix Municipal and other Court systems
• The Social Security Administration
• The Department of Economic Security
• The Phoenix VA Health Care System
Humana was represented by 37 associates during the two-day event; they assisted veterans by walking them through the StandDown process, getting them to the organizations and resources that they needed to impact their lives. Humana also had two booths at the event – a table staffed by our veterans recruiting team to discuss careers and a table staffed by our Medicare sales team to discuss health insurance needs.
StandDown events happen in many communities across the country. Get more information on where and when.