The 21st Annual Stand Down of South Jersey was held on September 21, 2017 at the Cherry Hill National Guard Armory. THANK YOU to all the volunteers who made this a great success for our homeless veterans ! Stay tuned for details on the 2018 Stand Down.

Stand Down of South Jersey, Inc., members Bob Schofield, Jim Maher, and Carl Williams pose for a photo after receiving the New Jersey Civilian Commendation Service Medal during the 2017 New Jersey National Guard Military Review at the National Guard training Center, Sea Girt, N.J., Oct. 1, 2017. The Military Review is a long-standing tradition that allows the governor – the commander-in-chief of the state militia – the opportunity to review the Soldiers and Airmen of the New Jersey National Guard. (New Jersey National Guard photo by Mark C. Olsen/Released)

On October 1, 2017 Stand Down of South Jersey was presented with the State of New Jersey Meritorious Service Medal. The presentation was made by Adjutant General, Brigadier General Michael Cunniff, and Governor Chris Christie at the annual Governor's Military Review and Awards ceremony at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, NJ. The award recognizes Stand Down's years of service to the area homeless and at-risk Veterans.

This years Stand Down provided service to 171 homeless and at-risk Veterans. Among them were 4 who needed and received urgent medical attention. One volunteer also required and received care for an urgent medical issue. One Veteran was evacuated by ambulance.

A Podiatrist, a Psychiatrist, and Optometrist and a Dentist provided care in their specialties.

Each Veteran could select from purchased winter coats, boots and hooded sweatshirts as well as surplus military gear. Gently used clothing was also available. Stand Down purchased and distributed winter coats, winter vests, blue jeans, hooded sweatshirts, and new boots. Socks and regular and thermal underwear were also distributed. A meal of spare ribs, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads and fruit was also provided.

The South Jersey Stand Down has been held annually since September 1996. Originally a three-day event, the Stand Down was hosted at Fort Dix New Jersey. After a decision was made to hold a one-day event, it was relocated to the Army National Guard Armory in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Primary support (provisions of the structure, grounds and utilities) is provided by the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

The Stand Down of South Jersey provides services to homeless veterans along with shelter, meals, clothing, and medical attention. This annual event is an entirely volunteer effort, organized within Camden County and New Jersey communities, bringing service providers together such as the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists, Local Veterans Employment representatives, various veterans service organizations, military personnel, civic leaders, and a variety of other organizations. Since 1996 this event has served as a catalyst that enables homeless veterans to re-enter mainstream society.

Details on the 2018 Stand Down will be available in the coming months. In the meantime, if you can help with a donation, please make checks payable to Stand Down of SJ and mail to Stand Down of South Jersey, POBox 2612 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Stand Down of South Jersey is a 501 (c) (3) charity. Should you have any questions, contact