During war, Stand Down means a brief break from the fighting; troops get much needed rest, warm meals, showers, relief of battle fatigue, piece of mind and fellowship.  These, the men and women, who wore a uniform in honor and  fought for our freedoms.  ation has been actively working to 
Over 100 local private, government and faith based organizations come together at each Stand Down to offer a hand UP NOT a hand OUT to Kansas City's veterans.  Success of Stand Downs in this great city, past and present, is a result of this coordinated community effort. 

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the following for their involvement in making a difference:
Leavenworth VA Medical Center
MAY 27th, 2016             
100's of community service groups and organizations from the greater Kansas City Metro come together to provide assistance and help rid the barriers that prevent homeless veterans from re-entering society as engaged, productive citizens and live more fulfilling lives.  Assistance is offered with medical, substance abuse, legal issues, taxes, housing & utility assistance, family counseling, spiritual, mentorships, educational and employment opportunities, hair cuts, and much more.    
A misconception by the general public; "Our government takes care of our veterans". Granted they should have some liability, it is not true.  We spend billions preparing for war and training, yet nothing prepares our troops for returning home.  While the VA tries their best to help 'some' that served, it does not provide to all, nor does their care treat all conditions caused by military trauma.  Thanks to our Vietnam veterans, private causes, and involved communities, this is changing.  

To many of our homeless veterans, life on the street is a war they are still fighting.  But now, not for our freedoms, for their survival. The Heart of America Stand Down offers them a break from their battle, by bringing the community together, in a safe, violence and substance free environment, we provide resources that make a difference. It is estimated several hundred homeless veterans live in the Kansas City metro.  These are men and women who were selected or volunteered to serve their country. 

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Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 317
Kansas City VA Medical Center
Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)
Internal Revenue Service
Housing and Urban Development

VA's VISN 15 Office
Social Security Administration 
16th Judicial Circuit Municipal Court
General Services Administration
US Department of Agriculture
Department of Labor
Department of Homeland Security
Scottish Rite Temple 
Disabled American Veterans
The Vet Center
Unified Government of Wyandotte County
Federal Executive Board
Salvation Army
Kansas State Transition Office
Association of The United States Army
Local VFW Posts & Ladies Auxiliary
Military Order of The Purple Heart
Marine Corp League
Lion's Club
United Way of Greater Kansas City

Heart to Heart International
Universal Leasing
Liberty Fruit
VITA'S Innovative Hospice Care
Pioneer Financial Services
Bank of America
Patriot Guard Riders
Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association
Goodwill Industries
Park University 
​Spencer Duncan Make It Happen Foundation
Veterans Focus Group Kansas City VAMC
The Wannens
The Whole Person 
Grantham University
National Alliance for Mentally Ill (NAMI)
Local Unions 31 and 249
Trinity United Methodist Church
Singles Available for Community Service (SACS)
Wendy Weimer, D.D.S.
St. Andrew Christian Church
Topeka VA Medical Center
​Time Warner Cable
GM Foundation 
Kansas City Automobile Dealers Association
Corvette Club of Kansas City
More information is available via the brochure link below.  Thank you for your time and interest.  
MO & KS Work Force Development
Door to Door Organics
Aegis Business Solutions, Lenexa, KS
Catholic Charities of Kansas City/St. Joseph
Kendallwood Hospice
First Call Alcohol/Drug Prevention & Recovery
KU - Veterans Upward Bound
Pinnacle Career Institute
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.
Stein Mart
​Wounded Warrior Project
100 W. 26th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
. Jackson County Executive Mike Saunders examines some of the many boots 
  Jackson County employees contributed to the Summer 2015 Stand Down.
Panera Bread of KC
Cosentino's Price Chopper
Daughters of the American Reveloution
George H. Nettleton Home
Mid-America Cobra Club
Union Pacific Railroad - Kansas City, MO.