The Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative is comprised of hundreds of community stakeholders, agencies and representatives serving veterans and military families in Greater Los Angeles. Founded in 2010 and administered by the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at USC’s School of Social Work, the Collaborative meets once a month in general…

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The Friese Foundation has generously given a major gift to the NVF. Looking to support veterans causes, they came to our offices to meet us and see what we do. A spokesperson for the Foundation said, “I was asked by someone awhile ago why we wanted to help veterans so much. All I could say…

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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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The call came in on our Lifeline for Vets at 4:55 PM, Pacific Time, on a Friday. The counselor who took the call immediately identified it as a crisis call and turned it over to Shad Meshad, our founder and President. Three hours later Meshad put down the phone, the Vet on the other end…

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Los Angeles Police Department’s HOPE team (Homeless Outreach and Protective Engagement)  held a meeting to address the difficulty getting veteran service providers to intervene with help beyond during-office-hours-referrals. Attending that HOPE meeting were our Women Veterans Outreach team and representatives from two other veteran services agencies—three organizations from a field of many who’d been invited.…

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In early March, NVF social worker Mary Ann Mayer took a call from an Air Force Veteran in the Midwest. Recently discharged from a civilian hospital, he’d been sent back to the VA with a potential diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and a request to follow up. His appointment with his VA doctor at his local…

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The homeless Veteran calling from a mountain state didn’t let on, but our counselor sensed that he was in crisis. Between that first phone call and the most recent one, where he admitted that he’d been going to use his shotgun when he’d first called, it came to light that he had nothing to cook…

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Montford Point Camp, now called Camp Johnson, is located at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Approximately twenty thousand Marines were trained at Montford Point between 1942 – 1949. All of them were African-American men. (The military services were still segregated then.) Among them, Dave Culmer, NVF Board of Directors member of long standing and a Veteran…

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On March 16-17th, the NVF held its first-ever strategic planning summit at its headquarters in LA.  This historic step forward for the Foundation included the Board of Directors and NVF staff members, and also participation from numerous stakeholders, strong supporters from outside our organization, all meeting together to brainstorm the future of the NVF.  Our…

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