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A copy of the registration and financial information about AVN may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling Toll-Free:
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Stand Down


Stand Down

The American Veteran Food Assistance Program participated in the 2011 Stand Down held at the Miami Dade VA Medical Center for the benefit of our American Veterans. Some of the services providers were; South Florida Work Force, Miami Coalition for the Homeless, Volunteers of America, VA Employment Services, Better Way of Miami, Carrfour Supportive Housing, Social Security Administration, and many more.



Mr. Stephen P. Smith Executive Director American Veteran Newspaper, Inc Food Assistance Program. Mr. Smith was the first to be there for the opening of the Stand Down 2011 at the Miami Dade VA Medical Center. The American Veteran Food Assistance Program and AMVETS were the official agencies to provide food and groceries to our Homeless American Veterans.



VA staff members are preparing Homeless Veterans for services that are available to them.



Our homeless American Veterans are receiving needed individual services from the local federal, state and non profit organizations in our community. After the Veterans have applied for housing or other services, they are given an I.D. badge so they can receive food downstairs from the American Veteran Food Assistance Program and The AMVETS of Florida.



American Veteran Newspaper and AMVETS of Florida preparing to distribute foods to our Homeless America Veterans.



American Veterans signing in to receive food and supplies.



More American Veterans receiving food and supplies at the Stand Down 2011.



Photo showing an example of what the food distribution looks like. The American Veteran Food Assistance Program and AMVETS of Florida serviced over 168 homeless veterans at the Stand Down 2011.


Stand Down 2010

The American Veteran Food Assistance Program participated in the 2010 Stand Down held at the Broward County Armory for the benefit of our American Veterans.
The Stand Down 2010 took place at the Broward County Armory. The Homeless Veterans are beginning to line up for the services offered.



Stand Down 2010 Broward County Armory. "New Casualties of War" The man with his child center of picture is a double amputee. He is participating in the Stand Down 2010. It is the only time that there is a full spectrum of service providers to assist him in all his needs.



Homeless American Veteran entering the Armory for the Stand Down 2010.



The early morning doors have just opened to assist our Homeless America Veterans. Most of the Veterans are given a duffel bag to carry the needed items.



Veterans, both men and women, eating and discussing their concerns with Case Managers, Social Workers, Doctors and many others.



Stand Downs always give our Veterans a free hair cut.



Ms. Gina Queen, MSW,LSW, CMHP Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program, Department of Veterans Affairs assisting a Veterans at the 2010 Stand Down.



The American Veterans in this photo are eating lunch. There are over 270 men, women and children attending this Stand Down.



Early morning set-up of the Medical Services and other screening to assist our American Veterans.



The American Veteran Food Assistance Program and The AMVETS are preparing to distribute food, clothes, toiletries and other needed items to our Homeless American Veterans.



Homeless Veterans receiving needed items at the Stand Down 2010.



Homeless American Veterans leaving the Stand Down 2010.


Stand Down 2009

On June 27, 2009, the American Veteran Food Assistance Program participated in the 2009 Stand Down held at the Central Broward Regional Park for the benefit of our American Veterans.








Mr. Charles Bandy, Food Procurement Specialist for the Daily Bread Food Bank, assisting in procuring Heater Meals for the 2009 Stand Down.



Intake from the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC). The VAMC issued blue ID bands to homeless veterans to participate in the services offered.



The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles issuing Florida ID cards to the homeless veterans.



The American Veretan Newspaper Food Assistance Program setting up for the 2009 Stand Down.



Mr. Donald P. Rhindress, Treasurer of the AMVETS - Department of Florida Service Foundation. Family members include Anthony Castrenze, Jessica Castrenze, and Tony Castrenze.



Mr. Donald P. Rhindress, Treasurer of the AMVETS - Department of Florida Service Foundation and Gina Queen from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program.



American Veteran Newspaper Food Assistance Program serving our homeless veterans at the Broward Regional Park, Stand Down 2009.



AMVETS and the American Veteran Newspaper Food Assistance Program working side by side to serve our homeless veterans.



The National Guard set up tents for the distribution of clothes, toiletries, and blankets donated by the Department of Defense.



WorkForce One of Broward County accepting employment applications.



Free haircuts to help our American Veterans.



The Florida Veterans Mobile Service Center processed approximately thirty homeless veterans.



Stand Down 2009 fed a free hot lunch to over 125 homeless veterans.



Broward County City Courts Legal Issues/Misdemeanor Crimes participated in assisting homeless veterans with legal infractions.

*Also participated, but not pictured:
American Civil Liberties Union, Broward County Health Department CRUSHH, Broward County Health Department JRLP, Broward Healthy Start Coalition, Broward Outreach Center, Broward Sheriff's Office, Coalition to End Homelessness, Department of Corrections Probation, Legal Aid of Broward, Social Security Administration, Volunteers of America.



Stand Down 2007

On July 28 and 29, 2007, the American Legion hosted the Miami-Dade County Stand Down 2007. The American Veteran Food Assistance Program was an integral part in helping out our American Veterans. Below are some pictures from the important day.





Mr. Phil Johnson, Commander of the American Legion Post #29. Opening ceremonies.



Lt. to Rt. SouthCom, both Army and Marines, along with Miss Ann Mahan - supervisor of the VA Homeless Outreach Program, and Stephen P. Smith - Executive Director American Veteran Food Assistance Program.



Kitchen Detail - SouthCom with Stephen P. Smith - Executive Director American Veteran Food Assistance Program.



American Veteran Food Assistance Program sets up tents for distribution of hot meals for the homeless.



Distribution of clothing and groceries. Lt. ro Rt. (center) Ms. Linda Johnson - VA Outreach Coordinator, Ester Wales - VA Social Worker, Beth Wolfshion - VA Homeless Program Manager, Stephen P. Smith - Executive Director American Veteran Food Assistance Program, VA Police, Don Sutton - VA Case Manager, Miss Ann Mahan - VA Social Work Supervisor, Richard Sullivan - VA Grant Specialist.



Volunteers and staff preparing to distribute food and clothing.


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