Steve Peck, the president and CEO of U.S.VETS, led a news conference on November 10 to officially open the U.S.VETS one-stop veteran service center at historic Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles — the first of its kind in the nation.
“The epidemic of veteran homelessness in Los Angeles is appalling — a national embarrassment,” Peck said. “The services provided by U.S.VETS at Patriotic Hall, in addition to our outstanding facilities in Inglewood and Long Beach, provide struggling men and women who have served their country a helping hand that can change their lives.”
The innovative one-stop service center provides new ways for U.S.VETS to reach veterans who need help. If it weren’t for U.S.VETS, there would be 1,100 men and women living on the streets of Los Angeles. The new service center at Patriotic Hall gives U.S.VETS the opportunity to provide care for even more veterans and their families.
Peck was joined at the news conference by Don Knabe, president of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Commander Hugh E. Crooks, Jr., U.S. Army (ret), of the American Legion and Ruth Wong, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Military and Veteran Affairs.
“We are proud to honor our military who are currently serving and our veterans who have served,” Wong said. “From World War II to those soldiers, Marines, sailors, airmen and coast guardsmen returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, transitioning from combat to community is sometimes difficult.”
The move of U.S.VETS into Patriotic Hall brings together a network of service agencies providing collaborative and coordinated services under one roof. Employment assistance, financial literacy and legal advocacy are among the many services veterans can expect to receive. As the lead agency, U.S.VETS provides preventative and early mental health treatment, supportive services for veterans families and career development assistance.
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