Buffalo Stand Down For Vets & Their Families

18th Annual Event Thursday at Key Bank Center


Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) -   Stand Downs are annual events that provide supplies and services to Veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling. Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling.  

Every Veterans Affairs office around the country is required a host a Stand Down. In Buffalo, it is Thursday, June 21st at Key Bank Center from 10a-3p. 

This is the first year that the event is open to all veterans and their families, not just homeless veterans.  "We're going to have 160 VA and community providers" said Kristen Weese with the VA Healthcare for Homeless program. "We're also going to have 40 employers, ready to hire, on the spot. So come with a resume and dress to impress". 

In addition, Weese said there will be medical exams. "You can have a primary care checkup, Hepatitus C testing, glucose testing and eye and dental exams".  They will have a lot of giveaways from military surplus, a free meal and a lot more. 

The Stand Down will be taking over KeyBank Center.  "We out grew the footprint we had at Coca-Cola Field, which has hosted it for the past few years", said Sean Lindstrom of the VA Healthcare for Homeless program.  "We will be thoughout Alumni Plaza, the event level and 100 level of the arena". 

Parking is free.  The Sabres are opening their parking ramp at Perry and Illinois St. to anyone coming to the Stand Down. 

In 2016, 459 Veterans turned out for the Stand Down.   There were 630 last year.  They are anticipating a thousand Vets this year. 

Anyone attending should bring their DD-214 or military ID for entry. 







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