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: Stephen

    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. After several failed attempts to get sober, Stephen spent months sleeping on couches, outside, or in his vehicle. Stephen found U.S.VETS after he was approached by the outreach team at the Long Beach VA. “I had finally hit my ‘rock bottom’,” he says, “and I took the opportunity to enroll in the substance abuse treatment program and live with a roof over my head and a meal in my stomach.” With the “one day at a time” mantra running through his mind, Stephen was able to do something amazing. “I stayed sober. I locked into the program, got a sponsor, worked steps, volunteered, and did everything I was asked to do and sought more, just to stay clean; and I did. I have been clean for over a year now.” Stephen was also at the mercy of the courts, fighting to keep a relationship with his family. Through therapy and support groups, he worked hard on his relationship with his children, as well as their mother. During his time at U.S.VETS, Stephen has established career goals, and is currently enrolled in college courses to become a substance abuse counselor. He also volunteers at the […]

  • IN THE NEWS: Long Beach Cites Progress in Finding Homes for Homeless Veterans

    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. In four years, the number of homeless veterans in the city has been reduced from 309 to 94, as of the biennial survey conducted earlier this year. On average, housing is found for 12-15 a month, according to the city’s figures. The challenge to provide housing for every homeless veteran by the end of 2015 had been issued last year by President Obama. “We will end veteran homelessness in Long Beach this year,” Garcia said. Garcia cited cooperation with the VA Healthcare Systems, and nonprofit veterans assistance organizations, including the United States Veterans Intiative, known as U.S.VETS. U.S.VETS provides housing to some 550 veterans in the Century Villages at Cabrillo, developed on the former Naval housing site for the Long Beach Shipyard, which closed in 1997. Over the years, it has provided transitional housing to thousands of veterans while they gain control of the issues that resulted in their homelessness, said Steve Peck, a Marine Corps veteran who serves as President and CEO of U.S.VETS. Please click here to view the full story on NBC4’s website.

  • Meet a Veteran: Sandra

    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. After searching for work for a year, I started getting depressed and began to self‑medicate with drugs and alcohol. I achieved sobriety for 12 years, but in 2009 I relapsed back into drug abuse, becoming addicted to pain pills and methamphetamine. Three years later I had lost everything: my job, my family, my home, and worst of all, my self‑respect and self-worth. My father passed away and it left me numb. I felt there was no hope for a better life for myself and truly felt alone and hopeless. I ended up living in my car for eight months, until I was arrested. When I was released from jail, I knew I didn’t want to live the way I had been living anymore. I had no energy to keep up that lifestyle any longer. I called my sister and asked her to take me to the VA in Long Beach. I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew that if I […]

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Larry Williams
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