West Los Angeles VA Campus Redevelopment Update September 20, 2018

US Department of Veterans Affairs
The Greater Los Angeles Health Care System
has published the latest developments of the WLA Campus.
The summary is here (21 pages).

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4th Annual Veteran “Stand Down”: Coming October 26, 2018 – VOLUNTEERS & GOODS NEEDED

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Our most immediate need is financial support and nonperishable pop top foods: DONATE Here

The 4th Annual Veteran’s Stand Down is October 26, 2018 at the VAGLAHS in West L.A. This one day fair offers a wide variety of services for homeless Veterans – see information below!

We need Volunteers and Donations from the community. Say thank you to our most vulnerable Veterans, our homeless and struggling Veterans, with your donation. Take the hand of a homeless Veteran by volunteering at the Stand Down.

Each volunteer assignment is two hours in length. Serve food, volunteer at registration or information desks, help to style women Veterans in the AmVet clothing tent. Discover the fulfillment of extending a helping hand to our soldiers as they struggle to find housing and overcome hardship.

The Stand Down is Friday, October 26th, 2018 at the Welcome Center, Building 257, at the VAGLAHS campus in West L.A., 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90073

Veteran Registration is at 7am. Showers available at 7am. Services begin at 8am.

Services include:

Classic Car Display
Clothing
Community Resources
Counseling Services
Dental Services
DMV ID Cards
Education Services
Employment Services
Entertainment
Family Assistance
Flu Shots
Hair Cuts/Grooming
Hot Meals
Hot Showers
Housing Assistance
Hygiene Items
Legal Assistance
Metro – TAP Cards
Medical Services
Pet Services – Spay/Neuter
Rapid HIV Testing
Substance Abuse Counseling
VA Claims Assistance
Women’s Services…and much more!
Pre-registration for Veterans – FAX 310-268-4765
Vendors email: Michael.Johnson33fc51@va.gov

Donate Shelf Stable Groceries and Dollars…
Village for Vets has partnered with the Westside Food Bank to provide up to 20 bags of dinner and breakfast snacks on a daily basis to Homeless Veterans safely parking overnight at the VA’s Safe Parking, L.A. parking lot. The program is moving to a new location and expanding from 10 cars to 20 cars. Your help will allow us to continue to provide this service on a daily basis.

Our program is in need of financial donations and nonperishable sealed snacks, pop top canned protein – tuna, Vienna sausages, chicken, sardines, even Spam. Bottled water and water bottles are needed. Volunteers are needed to assemble the bags and to deliver these bags of food to the VA. The Veterans eagerly await these food bags – for some it is their only food each day.

With more funding we can buy instant hot meals for our recipients. We have one vegan! Four Veterans have been housed since the program began!!!

Our most immediate need is finanacial support and nonperishable pop top foods including canned protein, utensils and napkins, vegetable cups, fruit cups, bottled water and more*.

Contact us to volunteer and/or to provide donated goods at info@villageforvets.org.

Click the DONATE button below and help us to continue to serve Homeless Veterans at the VA Campus!

*Note: Hot water is not available for Ramen or other instant food and drinks

Volunteers and Donations needed for Veterans requiring ride sharing for surgery

Veterans who are undergoing procedures which require anesthesia need rides. They can use Lyft or Uber but need a companion. They also need financial assistance to pay for this transportation need. Can you help?

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FROM Village for Vets: More ways to help our vets

Many ways to help our vets:
I. Donate furnishings!
 
Do you have furnishings that are in great condition but you are going to replace them? Donate them to a veteran. That’s what I did with my sofa. A disabled vet whose home was vandalized came to pick it up with his young son. I felt great to see them leave with joy. Why not do the same?
Contact Marcie at info@villageforvets.org

Dear SBRA,

HUD-VASH has limited resources for furniture and many other items. For this reason, the HUD-VASH program is grateful for any donations we can receive to serve our Veterans. We thank you so much for assisting us with giving our Veterans the items they need to live successfully and independently. HUD-VASH can no do it without you. Much appreciated. Thanks again.

II. Volunteer!
 
From Village for Vets Newsletter:
 
STAND DOWN 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
6:00am 6:00pm
Over 100 Community Volunteers are Needed On Friday October 27 for the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System Stand Down for Homeless Veterans and their Dependents
Sign up now!
The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System is hosting their 3rd annual Stand Down on October 27, 2017 from 6AM – 6PM.  The Stand Down provides resources and services free of charge to America’s heroes.  The services include Hot Meals, Housing Assessments, Legal Assistance, Disability Claims, and much, much more.
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How you can help our vets: Please consider donating or volunteering

Please consider donating to or volunteering with
Village for Vets as they partner with Meals on Wheels and The Westside Food Bank
as they can continue to provide 50 lunches everyday to homeless veterans

Thank you.

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About Village for Vets

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US House Passes Bill by Rep. Ted Lieu CA District 33 to Restore West L.A. VA

“[T]he House of Representatives passed the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016, which authorizes the VA to implement the Master Plan for the West L.A. VA campus. Today represents a giant leap forward in restoring the property to the Old Soldiers’ Home it was always intended to be. If enacted, this legislation will enable the VA to construct 1,200 units of housing for homeless veterans at the West L.A. VA and offer new robust services on the campus such as vocational training, recreation and spiritual support. The legislation also ensures that all leases on the campus principally benefit Veterans and strengthen the partnership between the VA and leaseholders.”

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CONGRESSMAN LIEU: STATEMENT ON ACLU OF CALIFORNIA’S REPORT ON DEPORTED VETERANS July 6, 2016

Press release from US Representative Ted Lieu, representing California’s 33rd District. …Congressman Lieu’s efforts include “assisting two Veterans facing this undue burden in arranging for medical care. I am pleased to report that last month one of these Veterans, Hector Barajas, was granted an exam after a three year battle with the VA and Department of State.”
Click here to reach Congressman Lieu’s website

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US House Committee Approves Bills Authored by Congressman Ted Lieu: Supporting Homeless Veterans & Fund Construction at WLA VA

February 25, 2016
Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs unanimously passed two bills authored by Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles): H.R. 3484, the “Los Angeles Homeless Veterans Leasing Act of 2016” and H.R. 4334, the “Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Veterans Affairs Seismic Safety and Construction Authorization Act.”

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