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Operation Stand Down Nashville, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: To provide social services to honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, including employment, transitional housing, or referrals and coordination of the activities of other agencies in the delivery of such services.

Geographic areas served: Middle Tennessee

Programs: Provide social services for more than 1600 veterans annually, including: personal identification needs (social security, birth certificates, state ID), phone/fax/computer services, mail delivery, banking, social services (information and referral) and outreach. Our service center features a full complement of advocacy work including benefits information, healthcare referrals,  computer access, coordination and referrals with other agencies, job listings, telephones and personal care items. All services for veterans are free in the OSDN Service Center .OSDN not only works with the homeless veteran population but is a service center for ALL honorably discharged veterans.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In this day and age of so many veteran charities out there and with most of those being a cover to enrich the officers of the charity, we must be beware of who we give to. I can personally vouch for the honesty of this organization. I am not a member of this organization, but have assisted them in the past. I also have been the State Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (a veteran's organization composed of only Purple Heart Veterans) for the state of Tennessee 4 times and I raised funds for them and even assisted in improving some of their homes for the homeless veterans, both male and females. I, myself rate them as the best veteran charity in Tennessee and would even place them above the known national veteran's charities to receive any donation and assistance that a person/organization has or can do. CW3 Sid Shown, U. S. Army (Retired).


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have an indirect link to a story about this group. I was the Patroit Guard Riders ride captain for a Vietnam Vet's funeral in Jackson TN. One of their clients was our honoree that day. Michael had been homeless for many years. months prior to his death, he had been working with OSDN and had found employnment a home and more important, reconciled with his family. Had it not been for Operation Stand Down NASHVILLE- Michael most likely would have spent his last days in a vacant lot tent city too weak to fend off the predatory efforts of others. Instead, he was in a hospital and the woman who loved him at his side. His family felt like things had turned for him and he had made ammends never knowing he was going to be sick and die when he did. Michael is not the only story of success, but the only one I have first hand knowledge of. I am proud to be PGR and that PGR has partnered with this organization on a state wide level. I wish we could get one started here in Jackson TN and Memphis regions! I would surely take an active role!