Long Beach

Long Beach

U.S.VETS-Long Beach is one of the largest of the eleven U.S. VETS sites. Located at the Villages at Cabrillo, 26 acres of the former Cabrillo/Savannah Naval housing, U.S.VETS – Long Beach was the first site to offer the ADVANCE Women’s Program designed specifically for female veterans.

The site serves more than 550 veterans daily.


  • Meet a Veteran: Dottie

    I joined the Navy so I could go to college and provide a better life for me and my daughter. I was running away from my life with my abusive ex-husband. The life I was running from followed me into the service. I was a victim of military sexual trauma. I was fondled and raped, and I didn’t report the incidents because I didn’t think anyone would believe me. After my discharge I felt like a failure. One day I was active duty, and the next day I was on the streets. I was leaving the military with no home, no job, and a five-year-old daughter. I became depressed. I was lost, and didn’t know what I was going to do. I pulled myself together for the sake of my family and tried to forget everything that had happened to me. Forty years later, I was working as a bus driver – homeless, and sleeping in the back of my bus. It just so happened that along my route was a place called U.S.VETS. For years I’d look at the guys from U.S.VETS getting on my bus with disdain. I looked at them and I saw the men that had disrespected me during my two years of service. They’d show their military ID and pay their quarter, and I’d think to myself, “I’m a veteran, too, but I’ve worked all my life and raised five kids.” I didn’t understand how they could end up the way they did. I assumed […]

  • Veterans Day Breakfast

    Clients at U.S.VETS – Long Beach were treated with the annual Veterans Day Breakfast. Volunteers and staff served cooked-to-order omelettes, bacon, fruit, oatmeal and other delicious offerings to hundreds of veterans in a packed dining room. Many thanks to all who came for attending this fun, traditional event!

  • Congratulations Graduates at U.S.VETS – Long Beach!

    Clients at U.S.VETS - Long Beach were honored at a graduation ceremony for the ADVANCE, VIP and VRP programs. Long Beach Councilman Roberto Uranga was the special guest at this annual event. Congratulations to all graduates!

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Mailing Address:
2001 River Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90810

Larry Williams






Larry Williams
Acting Executive Director (bio)

Veterans Seeking Housing
Howard Creighton

Veterans Seeking Employment Assistance
Jamie Rimphanli

Veterans Seeking Other Services
Howard Creighton

Volunteer Opportunities
Joan Marcial

In-Kind or Goods Donations
Joan Marcial

Advisory Council

Mike Murray, Chairman
Jeff Bailey
Alex Cherin
Gerald Fisher

Tom Good
John Howard
Matt Knabe
Val Lerch

Bonnie Lowenthal
Craig Manderville
Kathy McDonnell
Dick McKenna

Jaclyn Paxton
Larry Rice
Stephen Ruggiero
Nancy Villasenor

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