Stand Down helps homeless veterans get their lives back

By Nat'l Psychologist Editor
September 19, 2011

A three-day annual program called Stand Down in Ventura County California that was co-founded by a psychologist serves a growing number of homeless veterans each year.

Psychologist Jon Nachison, Ph.D., and Robert Van Keuren developed the camp-styled intervention in 1988 as an outgrowth of their work with the Vietnam Veterans of San Diego (VVSD). Nachison was clinical director and Van Keuren was executive director for VVSD. They organized Stand Down to expand services to the growing number of homeless veterans from the Gulf wars.

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