Veterans Find Support At North Florida 'Stand Down' [SLIDE SHOW]

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UPDATE 2:05 p.m. 4-5-13


Terri Post and her boyfriend Shayne Babineau are both veterans. Terri served in the Army from 1987-89 and her Shayne served in the Navy from 1987-1991.

Both are homeless.

They drove all the way from Daytona Beach to Tallahassee for this weekend's Stand Down event at the North Florida Fairgrounds.

"It tells me that there are some people out there that still care," said Post.

More than 100 organizations will provide shelter for two days, hot meals, eye exams and even haircuts for homeless vets in the area.

"To me that's an amazing thing," Babineau said. "I think it's awesome to see so many different groups come together."

For Terri and Shayne, a Dodge Durango has been home for about a year but they're not just getting help here at Stand Down, they're also volunteering their time. They drove up Wednesday and will stay through Sunday helping other veterans receive valuable information.

"It's all about helping my brothers and sisters," said Post. "We all served. We all did our part. We all stepped up and made that oath. Now we need help."

For veterans like Shayne and Terri, having a hot shower and valuable information on services can go a long way in getting back on their feet. The Stand Down will conclude on Sunday April 7 with a graduation ceremony for veterans.

Shayne has a blog with information for vets to help out at Below is more information listed about the event.

Press Release: North Florida Stand Down

During the three-day event, the North Florida Fairgrounds will take on a military atmosphere as tents and cots are set up for homeless veterans, who will benefit from a range of services designed to help them escape the vicious cycle of homelessness.

Stand Down Location
North Florida Fairgrounds 441 Paul Russell Road Tallahassee, FL 32301

The North Florida Stand Down will offer FREE:

Two nights of sleeping accommodations
Bus passes within Leon County
Three days of hot meals
Hot showers & clean clothes
Haircuts for men and hair treatments for women
Dental examinations, teeth cleaning, tooth extractions, tooth fillings
Medical examinations and prescriptions written
Infectious diseases screenings/testing
Vision examinations
Hearing and Glucose testing
Pharmacy Services
PTSD & TBI Counseling and information
Housing Voucher Applications, counseling and services
Job and Employment applications/Counseling/Resume writing
VA Disability Claims processing
Military personnel records checks and replacement application
Legal counseling and/or Stand Down Court (must sign up by 03/15/2013)
State Photo Identification cards (Need Birth Certificate and Social Security Card)
Social Security Benefits (Food Stamps, SSI & Disability) processing
Medicaid Applications
Birth Certificates ordered
GED enrollment
Art Therapy
Pet Therapy
Women and Children Services and Information
Voter Registration
Veterans and Children day and evening Entertainment
Animal Shelter/care/adoptions
On-site carpentry construction projects

To Volunteer, Donate goods or Donate funds, visit:

North Florida Standown

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