Located at the historic Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles is a one-stop veteran service center that brings together people, organizations, and resources for veterans.
As the lead nonprofit agency at Patriotic Hall, U.S.VETS provides specialized services to veterans in Los Angeles, including mental health, employment and family services.
Bob Hope Patriotic Hall was built in 1925 and dedicated to the veterans of Los Angeles County. After a $45 million renovation, Patriotic Hall reopened in 2013 with a renewed focus on serving veterans.In collaboration with the LA County Department of Military & Veteran Affairs, and the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, U.S.VETS has brought together a network of service agencies to provide collaborative and coordinated services focused on the needs of veterans and their families – all under one roof.
Programs operated by U.S.VETS at Patriotic Hall include:
• Outside the Wire, which provides preventative and early mental health treatment to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
• Career Development Initiative (CDI), which connects veteran job seekers with employers and careers that utilize their unique skills, training and experience.
• Women Vets on Point, which offers support, resources and a variety of mental health care options to women during or after their military service.
• Vet2Peer Program, which is a training and job placement program designed, in partnership with LMU Extension, especially for military veterans who want to support their peers as they transition from military to civilian life.
• Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), which assists low-income veteran families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to find safe, stable and affordable transitional or permanent housing.
In addition to U.S.VETS community programs, Patriotic Hall offers an array of collaborative and coordinated services for veterans through a network of service agencies.
The Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center links veterans to VA Benefits, medical and psychological services, and VA Supported Housing.
In collaboration with the California EDD and the County Workforce Investment Board, employment assistance is available to unemployed and underemployed veterans, including job readiness training, resume assistance, financial literacy training, and a Career Center.
Legal Advocacy is available to veterans with legal issues such as child support, outstanding warrants, and denied benefits.
For more information about all services provided at Patriotic Hall, please call (213) 765-9680.
1816 S. Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Limited parking is available. Parking lot entrance is located on S. Figueroa St. and Flower St.
For information on public transportation to Patriotic Hall please visit http://socaltransport.org/
Blas Villalobos is the Executive Director of Community Programs and Veteran Services for U.S.VETS. His responsibilities include the management/supervision of the Outside the Wire program, Career Development Initiative, and Supportive Services for Veteran Families. Mr. Villalobos served in the United States Marine Corps from October 1999-October 2003. During his military service he was deployed to Iraq during the invasion in March 2003, and served as a Squad Leader during combat operations.
Mr. Villalobos graduated from Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) with a BA degree in Psychology, and received a Masters degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California, with a concentration in Community Organization, Planning and Administration, and a sub-concentration in Military Social Work. In 2010 he was selected as the Veteran of the Year for California’s 54th district, and was recognized at the State Assembly by Bonnie Lowenthal. In 2013, he was recognized as the Alumni of the Decade for the 2000s by Long Beach City College.
Mr. Villalobos was appointed a member of the Los Angeles County Veterans’ Advisory Commission in August 2015.