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1125 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203-4709


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Since 1993, a coalition of over  50 Nashville organizations has used this concept to organize a three day event for veterans who are homeless. The event provides outreach, information, and a variety of social services for this area's homeless veterans. The event has been held annually each fall. Coalition members represent over 25 community services agencies, over 25 veteran service organizations, and many local businesses.

In 1996, the IRS granted OSDN nonprofit status.  In 1997, the US Dept. of Labor awarded OSDN its "Epic Award" -- Exemplary Performance in the Community" for its work serving veterans.  OSDN was the only non-profit so honored in the US that year.

In 1999, OSDN's Board of Directors elected to expand services to homeless veterans by becoming a full-time service agency. A  Service Center was opened and four houses were purchased for a Transitional Housing Program able to serve over 30 veterans.

In 2000, OSDN was selected as a United Way Partner Agency.

Operation Stand Down Nashville, Inc operates programs that train and support veterans as they work themselves off the streets and back into the community as responsible and contributing citizens. Our 16 full-time staff and 12 part-time staff members work miracles daily.

OSDN not only works with the homeless veteran population but is a service center for ALL honorably discharged veterans. OSDN is Middle Tennessee's best advocate for homeless veterans. OSDN provides a full complement of services through our four major components:

Service Center
Employment Services
Transitional Housing Program
Annual Stand Down Event




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Service Center

Our service center features a full complement of advocacy work including benefits information, healthcare referrals, mail service and 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 operates seven community based houses for homeless veterans. The housing program provides accommodations in a structured, secure , and supportive environment. Veterans participate in a 12 step based holistic recovery program to rebuild their lives in preparation for their return to independent living.

-To develop and maintain a clean and sober lifestyle
-To learn to live in a community setting
-To learn to live with others in a supportive environment
-To learn to contribute to the upkeep of a home
-To develop successful work habits
-To learn about and start a personal savings account
-To attend support meetings
-To attend counseling sessions

Other Components

-Unannounced drug and alcohol testing
-Community Service
-Relationship building
-An alumnus program



Our offices are located at 1125 12th Avenue South.  It is staffed by a team of employment specialists as well as a  Representative from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development office who is on board several times each week to help place veterans with local companies and industries.

Our clients receive one-on-one pre-employment readiness training such as:

  • Interviewing skills
  • Resume Building and Writing
  • Dressing for Success
  • The Job Search
  • Filling out Applications
  • Developing Employment Histories
  • Job retention

Our goal is Job Retention.  We endeavor to place our  clients in jobs that they are truly interested in. Our office is equipped with multiple phones, a copy machine and computers to aid them in the pursuit of gainful employment. Operation Stand Down is well known to Nashville and Middle Tennessee employers and they are more than willing to work with our agency to put United States Veterans back into the mainstream of society and to help to fulfill  our vision to help veterans to reestablish community ties.


Hands down, OSDN does more for veterans in need than any other agency in Nashville .

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