Richard McFarthing, a homeless vet living on the streets of Hollywood Boulevard. Copyright Jessica Jewell Lanier. The rain in Los Angeles today will continue into tomorrow. For here, it’s cold. In most other parts of the country it’s even colder and wetter. Most of us will spend tomorrow in warm, brightly lit places with family…

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Our Strategic Summit in March was so successful in terms of participation and outcome that we created a follow-up event, a “Chat with Shad,” to coincide with an August Board meeting at our offices in Los Angeles. Several board members flew in for the meeting which rolled into a reception for Board, Staff and Stakeholders,…

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The new training program, 4 Points Builds a STAR, was developed and written by Melinda Meshad, LCSW. The training is designed for people who work with veterans whether through the VA or other veteran service organizations. Collaborating with her, in addition to NVF Founder Shad Meshad, was Dr. Charles R. Figley, current Paul Henry Kurzweg,…

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It was September 11th. 2019. An OIF Marine Veteran called our Lifeline for Vets. Mary Ann  Mayer received the call and quickly referred him to Counselor Louis Geiger, also a Marine Vet. Louis reports, “At first, he was very quiet and nervous. He told me he did not work but stayed home alone; he had…

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Update on the Woman Veteran we featured on the front page of our Memorial Day newsletter: You might remember that her car broke down on the way to LA. Staff met her at the bus station, helped her find housing and a job. Now we’re delighted to report another happy ending: Women Veteran Outreach staff…

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The NVF is partnering with Working Pictures, Inc. (www.working-pictures.com) on a documentary about Shad Meshad’s 50-year war against veteran suicides and homelessness entitled “The Mad Man,” Shad’s moniker when he was called to Washington to develop the Vet Center Program. Filmmaker Bobby Sheehan has already started production, in addition to filming Shad and NVF staff…

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New NVF Board Member Travis Mills is the CEO and founder of LibertyID, a leading voice in identity theft, cyber-security and e-commerce circles. LibertyID resolves identity theft issues, restoring both identity and peace of mind for individuals. It also serves businesses and large corporations by preparing and responding to business data breaches, and most importantly,…

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Kristine Stanley, MSgt, USAF (Ret.) joins our Board. It’s a pleasure to welcome Kristine to the Board of Directors. She came to us in early 2013 from The Mission Continues after her retiring from 24 years in the Air Force. As the first director of our Women Veterans Outreach, Kristine helped shape the program until…

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Both interns are students in the School of Social Work at Cal State Los Angeles. Jane is from Los Angeles, California. She received her Bachelor’s in social work from California State University, Los Angeles and is currently a master’s student there. Jane was inspired by the veterans in her family to work with the veteran…

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Award-winning filmmaker Scott McCullough, best known as a director for commercials and music videos, applied his talent to a public service announcement for the NVF. “The Other Note” with Martin Sheen launched in November 2016. It went on to win awards. If you haven’t seen it, search for NVF PSA. It’s artfully done and a…

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