Saturday, October 22, 2016 was the annual Wayne D. Horner Memorial “Homeless Veterans Stand Down” held in Madison, Wisconsin. More than 100 former military members from the area were offered services from medical, dental, and health providers. They got haircuts. Breakfast and lunch were served. Clothing and hygiene items were given away. Veterans could find out about disability and VA benefit eligibility, housing and social services resources along with employment and training information.
The Lutheran Military Support Group (LMSG) and volunteers staffed a table (LMSG Director Dennis and Joan Behr of Faith Lutheran in Oregon, Wisconsin, ELS; LMSG Vice-President Erhard Opsahl of Risen Savior Lutheran Church in McFarland, WELS; and Camilla Dashcund of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School in Madison. The veterans found out about our group, got “thank you” cards made by Camilla’s students, and latched on the “P-38’s” (small can openers, used for decades, usually by Army and Marine combat troops). A grant of $250 was given by LMSG to the Stand Down effort.
Photo #1: Camilla Dashcund, a teacher at Holy Cross Lutheran School (ELS) in Madison, Wisconsin, Erhard Opsahl, Vice-President of LMSG and member of Risen Savior Lutheran Church (WELS) in McFarland, Wisconsin, and Joan Behr, member of Faith Lutheran Church (ELS) in Oregon, Wisconsin greet more than 100 homeless vets during the annual Madison “Stand Down.” Denny Behr, LMSG Board member and Joan’s husband helped with the homeless and also took the photo.
Photo #2: LMSG Vice-President Erhard Opsahl presents “Stand Down Madison” president Adam Howarth a check for $250 to assist in the one-day event.
Photo #3: LMSG Vice-President (seated) discusses the “P-38” giveaways with a couple of vets during the annual Madison, Wisconsin “Stand Down.” More vets and racks of free clothes are seen in the background.