The West LA Veterans Collective

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The West LA Veterans Collective

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Learn more and get involved at:

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U.S.VETS — Long Beach is located at the Villages at Cabrillo, 27 acres of the former Cabrillo/Savannah Naval housing. U.S.VETS — Long Beach offers supportive services including transitional housing, permanent housing, employment and housing services. We also feature the ADVANCE Women’s Program designed specifically for female veterans and their children, the largest woman’s veteran program in the country. The site serves more than 800 veterans daily.

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Mailing Address:

2001 River Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90810

Veterans Seeking Housing
Pedro Jauregui

Veterans Seeking Employment Assistance
Dawnita B. Montgomery

Homeless Seeking Services
Sheryl Ysaguirre

Supportive Services for Veteran Families
Cherrie Lechuga

Volunteer Opportunities
Arthur D. Lara

Donations & Communications
Yanira Losoya


Executive Director

Erik Miller

Erik Miller was born in Long Beach, CA to Navy Veteran Gilbert Miller and his wife, Penny Jones-Miller. He grew up in Long Beach spending most of his youth playing sports and singing in his church choir. As a former student athlete, he was recognized for his performance on the football field by earning All-Moore League Honors while also graduating at the top of his class. His scholastic accolades helped him become the first person in his family to attend and graduate from college when he earned his bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Woodbury University in Burbank, CA.

Erik Miller began his career as an Architectural Designer with Steinberg Architects in Los Angeles where he learned to manage major construction projects and work with large budgets. He took these project management skills to the non-profit sector 11 years ago where he started as a Director of a Long Beach based mentoring organization. In response to the gang and gun violence crisis impacting his students, Erik joined the Long Beach GRIP (Gang Reduction Intervention and Prevention) Taskforce where he served as the Chairman from 2012-2014. As the chair, Erik worked to implement a federal grant focused on youth programs that have reduced violence throughout the city. In his career, Erik is most noted for his tenure as the Executive Director of PVJOBS, a county-wide initiative that provides employment opportunities for the at-risk. With his efforts, PVJOBS has serviced over 20,000 people throughout the county. In the past 20 years, PVJOBS has placed over 8,000 people in career-track employment opportunities and has helped people break the cycle of poverty in some of our most disadvantaged communities of Los Angeles.

Erik and his wife, Rachel, are proud residents of Long Beach where they raise their 2-year-old daughter and he serves as a youth mentor with Operation Jump Start.

Advisory Council

Mike Murray

Onofre Alcala

Jeff Bailey

Tamara Bell
American Legion Auxiliary

Sean Brown
Union Bank

Lauren Trosclair Duncan
American Red Cross

Michael DuRee
Long Beach Fire Department

Dan Dvorak

Gerald Fisher

Teresa Gomez
Long Beach Department of Health
& Human Services

Tom Good

John Howard

Richard Jordon
Board of Harbor Commissioners

Matt Knabe
Englander, Knabe & Allen

Nickol Ladd
Forest Lawn

Walter Larkins
Sapphire RCMS, LLC

Val Lerch
Long Beach Veteran’s Day Parade

Bonnie Lowenthal
Long Beach Harbor Commission

Craig Mandeville

Dick McKenna

Judy Nelson
Long Beach Chamber of Commerce

John Oppenheim
CVC Volunteer

Gus Orozco
U.S.VETS — Long Beach

Jaclyn Paxton
Superior Press

Tiffany Rau

Larry Rice
Queen Beach Printers

Steve Ruggiero
Port of Long Beach

Harry Saltzgaver
Grunion Gazette

Eddie Talamera
Fed Ex

Mike Truax
Toyota TABC

Dennis Tucker
Los Angeles Metro

Nancy Villasenor
City of Long Beach Department of
Public Works

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