As a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant and Veteran Service Officer for a large county, I can say that Operation Stand Down Nashville Inc is vital to the veteran community. Without them, countless veterans would be on the street with no hope. They are an effectively run organization that provides housing, work opportunities and all types of support for veterans in need. They use their resources wisely and their professionalism is evident in all they do. Please support their endeavors.
There are many organizations that claim to assist Veterans in their time of need, and most do a good job. But Operation Stand Down Nashville goes way above and beyond that standard. Partnering with many other agencies in the Nashville area, including the VA Hospital, the VA Regional Office and other local charities and non-profits, the Veteran who comes in for service at OSDN is referred to whatever agency or agencies are suited to help the person the best. The most important and unique thing is that once the process starts, OSDN tracks the progress, following up throughout the process. They give the Veteran positive motivation to continue forward and that helps to ensure the greatest chance of being successful. The staff at OSDN are mostly Veterans, so it's Veterans assisting Veterans. It never ceases to amaze me how the staff performs their duties and how much they really do care for the Veterans they serve.
Last I heard, Operation Stand Down Nashville spent $.90 of every dollar donated to the Veteran they serve. I don't know of many other non-profits, locally or nationally that is as efficient. The 20th Annual Stand Down Event was a model for Stand Downs in any city, hopefully to be copied by other missions to assist all populations in need of services.
I am with the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs in Nashville, TN. I work closely with Bill and his staff and applaud the good work they do for our veterans who are down on their luck. I have worked with them for years during their big OSD usually in October. They make every effort to assist veterans with anything they need to help get them back on their feet.
Operation Stand Down is the best organization I am aware of for helping homeless veterans and other veterans in need. This organization consistently year after year continues to do excellent work in the greater Nashville area. As I have also done previously, Operation Stand Down has my highest recommendation. --Richard Aberdeen; Freedom Tracks Records, Nashville, Tennessee
Bill Burleigh of Operation Stand Down Nashville was more than willing to give me a personal tour of the facilities. Having lived in Nashville approximately six years now, it has been my consistent experience that Operation Stand Down Nashville is one of the best non-profits in the area. They make every effort to help homeless and impoverished veterans in need and I consider this organization to be a great blessing for the general Nashville area and community.
OSDN is the only organization in Middle Tennessee creating the kind of environment and success rate necessary for our veterans. As a veteran myself I volunteer when I can, but these folk put their heart and soul into it everyday. From the smiling faces that greet you at the office and thrift store to the counselors that help with employment and training this is an outstanding group of human beings. Their financial numbers speak volumes about how a non-profit should and can be run. I don't know what the community would do without OSDN.
An incredible organization made up primarily of veterans who work daily to improve the lives of homeless and at risk veterans in and around Nashville, Tennessee. If you know of a veteran in need, do not hesitate to refer him/her to Operation Stand Down Nashville, Inc.