U.S. VETS – Inglewood is the inaugural U.S.VETS site. It opened in 1993 with only five clients. Today, the site serves 540 veterans daily.
U.S.VETS has received a $50,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to assist the organization in helping veterans find jobs. The grant will be used at the U.S.VETS sites in Inglewood and Long Beach, California.
More than 3,000 people attended U.S.VETS Stand Down, held at the L.A.Convention Center December 20-22. The first annual Los Angeles Stand Down brought a huge array of services all under one roof – from haircuts and clothing to housing and employment help.
U.S.VETS – Inglewood hosted its 21st annual Veterans Day Breakfast on Tuesday with a full house of more than 300 veterans and guests. Special guests included U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, former U.S. Ambassador and NFL player Sid Williams, the Mayor of Inglewood and the entire City Council of Inglewood, as well as Joseph Chicas from the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Veteran Affairs.
Ivan Mason is the Executive Director for U.S.VETS – Inglewood. Himself a veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Mason has 16 years of experience serving veterans.
Mr. Mason earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Service from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Public Administration from Cal State University – Long Beach. He is a certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Mr. Mason was named Veteran of the Year for the 48th Assembly District of California, as well as U.S.VETS Executive Director of the Year in 2012. In June 2013, he was given the Ford Freedom Award as an “Unsung Hero”.
In addition to his work with U.S.VETS, Mr. Mason is on the South Bay Work Force Investment Board, and is a board member of America ICARE.
Hans P. Getty