Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) presented Stand Down co-founder Jon Nachison with a commendation for his work with homeless veterans. Photo courtesy of Susan Davis’s Twitter.

The co-founder of the annual Stand Down for homeless veterans, where former members of the armed forces who are living on the streets receive necessary services, was honored Saturday.

Dr. Jon Nachison received the proclamation from San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, and Marine Brigadier Gen. James W. Bierman Jr. were also there.

Dr. Jon Nachison, co-founder of Stand Down. Courtesy photo

Nachison was honored on the second day of the 27th Stand Down at San Diego High School.

The event, which has gone national with more than 200 throughout the nation, provides services such as showers, medical check-ups, clothes and legal services. Generally, 800-900 veterans are served each year.

On Friday. the first day of this year’s Stand Down, the San Diego Housing Commission, which administers homeless programs for the city, announced it has received 177 vouchers from the federal government to provide rental assistance for homeless veterans.

“This means 177 veterans will now have a place to call home,” said City Council President Todd Gloria, who took part in Friday’s news conference with a group of veterans in attendance. “You have given your all to us, and now it’s our time to give something back to you.”

The program also includes case management and clinical health services.

— City News Service

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