Homeless and at-risk military veterans finding refuge in Maricopa County StandDown

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

More than two thousand homeless and at-risk military veterans are finding a temporary safe haven in Maricopa County’s 16th annual StandDown on Thursday and Friday in Phoenix this week.

The StandDown, a term that refers to a brief period of refuge for military members who leave active combat to recuperate before returning to battle, is a two-day event that spans Thursday, Feb. 9 through Friday, Feb. 10.

Maricopa County StandDown partners with the Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance coordinated as a D.B.A. of the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness each year in an effort to help former members of the military who now battle with homelessness in the Valley.

Over 70 service providers will attend the event to help veterans regain their independence, while also raising awareness about the prevalent issue homeless is among American vets. Some of these providers include the municipal and superior courts, a full-service motor vehicle division office, a social security administration office, multiple housing programs, VA medical services, employment services, and other wellness services.

After its birth in 2001, the Maricopa County StandDown has grown to be the largest StandDown in the nation. Last year's 2016 StandDown served 1,850 veterans.

The event is taking place at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1826 W. McDowell Road, in Phoenix. Attendees are encouraged to park north of the Coliseum and enter through the West Hall entrance.

Services will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday and will last until 5 p.m.

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