What is a Stand Down?
The original Stand Down for the veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health, and overall sense of well-being.
Stand Down is an intervention that was conceived from the ground up specifically for veterans. It is designed to transform the despair and immobility of homeless into the momentum necessary to get into recovery, to resolve legal issues, to seek employment, to access health and benefits, to reconnect with the community and to get off the streets.
Stand Down is a belief in the triumph of the human spirit over extraordinary odds. It grows out of a conviction that the overwhelming number of veterans, some who are homeless living on the streets of America. This is unacceptable and that the veteran community itself must respond.
Each year the Plumas County Veterans Stand Down has grown, been refined to meet the needs of our veterans, homeless or not, all active duty personnel, veterans, and their dependents are welcomed. There are organizations / agencies and a fast-growing volunteers from all walks of life that make Stand Down happen. Some never served in the military; others are there from the first day of set up until the site is returned to its original form. Our success is our volunteers.
How you can help with our Veterans Collaborative and the Stand Downs?
We run our Veterans Collaborative and the Stand Downs on a limited small budget. We do not use County funds. If you would like to donate to our Veterans Collaborative and our Stand Down please contact Scott Quade at
If your a local business and would like to donate perishable and non-perishable items, please contact Scott Quade at