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: 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 […]

  • Verizon Gives $50,000 to U.S.VETS for Jobs Program

    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. “Verizon is very proud of its partnership with U.S. VETS,” said Mike Murray, director of Verizon’s Government & External Affairs in Southern California. “We’re working to transition veterans who have served this country into the workforce.” The Veterans in Progress Workforce Programs being funded by Verizon provide occupational skills training, job retention support and other essential employment services. “U.S.VETS is not just about helping homeless veterans,” said Stephen J. Peck, president and CEO. “We are also devoted to preventing homelessness and nothing is more important in achieving that goal than to have a good job.” The Verizon Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Verizon Corporation. Verizon is dedicated to solving critical social issues in the areas of education, healthcare and energy management, particularly in underserved communities.

  • 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 […]

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2001 River Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90810

Larry Williams






Larry Williams
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Veterans Seeking Housing
Howard Creighton

Veterans Seeking Employment Assistance
Jamie Rimphanli

Veterans Seeking Other Services
Howard Creighton

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Mike Murray, Chairman
Jeff Bailey
Alex Cherin
Gerald Fisher

Tom Good
John Howard
Matt Knabe
Val Lerch

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Kathy McDonnell
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Larry Rice
Stephen Ruggiero
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