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.
Stephen B served in the United States Army for over 8 years. He served in the line of fire in Iraq and experienced the trauma of wartime and death of friends. Stephen found himself unable to cope with tremendous changes as he entered civilian life, and found himself struggling with PTSD, chemical dependency, and eventually homelessness…
(This story appeared in NBC4 Los Angeles on April 29, 2015) Long Beach is on track to join the ranks of US cities that have made sufficient housing available for every veteran in need, Mayor Robert Garcia said Wednesday…
I joined the Navy in 1986 just after graduating high school. Once I raised my right hand and took the oath of enlistment, promising to support and defend the constitution of the United States, I realized how much of a patriot I was and was very proud to be a Sailor. I loved the discipline and order of the military and thrived on the stability it provided me. After eight years of service, I was not prepared for the culture shock I experienced transitioning from military to civilian life…
August 14, 2015
Larry D. Williams is the Acting Executive Director for U.S. VETS – Long Beach and the Program Manager of U.S.VETS-Las Vegas. Mr. Williams completed a four year enlistment in the United States Army; he was discharged honorably in 1989.
Mr. Williams graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and obtained his Masters of Business Administration in 2011. Mr. Williams has been serving veterans for 10 years, and has received several awards for his service to the homeless population – including two senatorial commendations, and 2 congressional recognitions and a Congressional Record from the House of Representatives, signed by Congressman Jon C. Porter. Mr. Williams has a long history of receiving accolades from veteran clients for his remarkable contribution in assisting them with acquiring food, housing, clothing, and employment services.
His proudest accomplishments are his marriage, four children and four grandchildren. Mr. Williams considers them his greatest sense of motivation and his greatest sense of support.
Mike Murray, Chairman