On September 11, 2015, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office participated in the “Portland Veterans Stand Down” at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. “Stand Down” honors and serves Multnomah County Veterans in an all-day event that includes offerings such as jobs, housing, medical care, veterinary care for pets, clothing, meals, haircuts and free legal services. The legal services included defense attorneys, probation officers, deputy district attorneys and a judge to resolve matters right on the spot in a temporary courtroom located at Stand Down.
Hundreds of Vets participated in Stand Down, along with dozens of government and private organizations and local businesses. The District Attorney’s Office teamed with the Multnomah County Circuit Court, Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, and two public defender agencies to provide necessary legal services to dozens of former service members. This included resolving 56 cases of outstanding fines and fees by turning them into community service hours. Removing the financial obligations cleared many of the Vets to qualify for housing and other services for which they might not have otherwise been eligible.