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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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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 WBGraham

Board Member

Rating: 5

After spending five years working for the federal government then retiring from the Army after 25 years of service as Lieutenant Colonel, continuing to serve was high on my list of things to do when I retired 10 years ago in 2003. I found out about Operation Stand Down Nashville while volunteering at one of the Annual Events with Women Veterans of America Chapter 20 and after learning about the mission of serving honorably discharged veterans especially homeless veterans, I was ready to give more of my time, talent, and treasure to such a worthy organization. I've been on the board for over four years and I am the one being blessed by my association with an organization filled with dedicated veteran employees, staff, and board members providing a hand-up to our most deserving in our community. I serve on two other boards of directors and their work is very important, too but the difference we make in the lives of veterans at Operation Stand Down, Nashville is exceptional. Serving those who have already given their all to our nation is truly an honor. Our Executive Director, Bill Burleigh and our Deputy Director, Mary Ross are the most dedicated individuals I have had the privilege of serving with as a member of the board. They always but the mission and goals of OSDN first which is taking care of our veterans. This is absolutely the best non-profit anywhere working to help our veterans


Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization serving honorably discharged veterans. Number served annually far exceeds Wounded Warrior's work. Hard working, effective, and dedicated group of individuals who for too long have operated below the radar. It's time for some well deserved public recognition.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the wife of a soldier and a mother of a soldier and know first hand the sacrifices that our veterans have made for the citizens of the United States of America. Sometimes veterans need a "hand up". That is what Operation Stand Down provides. The organization is very professionally and efficiently ran by a team of veterans. The services Operation Stand Down provides is making a tremendous impact on veterans that need assistance. I am honored to give my time and resources to assist this organization.