Best Picture at the 2013 Oscars. Ben Affleck played Tony in the movie. We will also hear from recording legend Ronnie McDowell who is best known for his hit The King is Gone. Ronnie will talk about the number of artist he has worked with but he will also discuss a few artists he admires greatly that just might surprise you. Ronnie will also share about his service to our country.
Tony Mendez is the keynote speaker at Operation Stand Down Nashville, Inc.'s Third Annual Heroes Breakfast and Ronnie McDowell is the Honorary Chair. This fundraiser supports the programs of Operation Stand Down Nashville. The Heroes Breakfast will be on Friday, September 6, 2013 at Lowes Vanderbilt. Networking starts at 8:00am and Tony Mendez will speak at 9:00am. A book signing with follow. (For more information or to purchase a ticket, tables, or sponsorship contact 615-248-1981.)
Tune into 760AM in the Middle Tennessee Region, on Tune In, on streaming live online at UStream.TV, and on military bases on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am CST.
Operation Stand Down Nashville, Inc (OSDN) is the primary nonprofit resource for veterans in Middle Tennessee providing life changing social services including transitional housing, or referrals, employment readiness training and placement assistance, and coordination of the activities of other agencies in the delivery of such services. They are the only VA approved and supported Veteran Service Center in Tennessee. Their clients are honorably discharged veterans with an emphasis on veterans who are homeless. OSDN's ultimate goal is to give veterans in need the tools to rejoin their community as productive, responsible citizens.
The homeless count, conducted by the city of Nashville in January 2009, found 2,157 homeless people in Davidson County. The count did not include homeless in the surrounding counties who also come to OSDN for services. With approximately 30% of the homeless being veterans, at least 647 veterans are homeless in Nashville/Davidson County, with more in the surrounding counties, on any particular night. Our unique partnership with the VA Medical Center and the VA Regional Office allows us to provide more direct, personal social services than any other agency in this area.
No veteran should be homeless. No veteran who wants to work should be jobless. No veteran should feel hopeless. Thanks to the caring support of our many government and community partners, OSDN has and will continue to successfully aid veterans in restoring their lives. While it is a source of pride that OSDN programs meet and exceed all the funding standards, true success comes when a veteran in need moves on to a renewed life within the community. That is why OSDN exists. You can help them with their efforts by donating here.