Operation Stand Down Midsouth, Inc. is a 501 c (3) nonprofit veteran's organization designed to help homeless veterans through transitional programs and services. With our assistance we hope that the veterans we assist will become self-sufficient and economically viable members of the community.
A stand down is a military term where war- ridden soldiers go to a place of security to receive such items such as: personal hygiene, clean uniforms and medical care. O.S.D.M. applied the same concept to return the continuum of care to displaced veterans.
Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, V.A. and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between Operation Stand Down Midsouth, local V.A.s, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless. We are dedicated to the growth and enhancement of men and women who have served our country. To repay our debt of gratitude, we provide eligible veterans with helpful resources.
Since 2009, Operation Stand Down Midsouth Inc. (O.S.D.M.) has inspired homeless and disabled veterans to become self- sufficient and economically viable members of their community. The organization started with four members: William Jones (Sergeant First Class & U.S Army Retired), Joseph Tyler (United States Air Force Veteran), Tiffany L. Harris (United States Army Reserve Veteran), and Gloria Watkins. Together, they started a grassroots campaign to eliminate veteran homelessness in the Memphis area. In 2010, the organization hosted the first "stand down" event in the midsouth and helped 150 veterans. After seven years, their aspirations has turned a city wide movement into a midsouth effort to aide their fellow comrades. O.S.D.M. has collaborated with Veteran service organizations, Department of Veteran Affairs, community, and faith- based organizations. In 2016, OSDM expanded their efforts to help veterans across the midsouth area including Memphis, Forrest City, AR and Holly Springs, MS.
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