VA, UCLA collaboration fills gaps in existing services for vulnerable veterans

Partnership launches new family wellness center, legal clinic and other programs

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To help veterans who are facing health, emotional or legal challenges, a partnership between UCLA and the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System has opened two new centers on the VA West Los Angeles Medical Center campus, with a third in development. Journalists can learn more at an event on the VA campus on Monday, Nov. 27.

The new Veteran Family Wellness Center is the first facility of its kind on a VA campus to offer services for family members — UCLA personnel provide family resilience training, parenting classes and more. At a new legal clinic, UCLA law professors and students show veterans how to access their health and education benefits and help them work through the legal system to settle fees for minor legal infractions. Both opened in August on the West L.A. VA campus. A third center, which will work to prevent and address homelessness, will open soon.

WHO

Participants include:

  • U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu
  • Steve Young, deputy undersecretary for health for operations and management, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Ann Brown, director, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
  • UCLA Chancellor Gene Block
  • Jonathan Varat, UCLA’s chief liaison to the VA
  • Tess Banko, director, UCLA VA Veteran Family Wellness Center
  • Sunita Patel, faculty director, UCLA School of Law Veterans Legal Clinic
  • Will Watts, co-director, UCLA School of Law Veterans Legal Clinic
  • Dr. Peter Whybrow, director, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
  • Sam Tsemberis, clinical psychologist and director, VA UCLA Center of Excellence for Training and Research in Veteran Homelessness and Recovery

WHEN

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE

VA West Los Angeles Medical Center Rose Garden, outside Building 220 (map)

WHAT

​Introduction of the UCLA VA Veteran Family Wellness Center, the UCLA School of Law Veterans Legal Clinic, and the VA UCLA Center of Excellence for Training and Research in Veteran Homelessness and Recovery.

PHOTO/INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES

Photographs and video will be allowed. After their presentation, all speakers will briefly be available for questions about the centers. Post-event tours of the Veteran Family Wellness Center will include views of the colorful kids’ play areas.

PARKING

Free parking is available in the lot behind Building 220, next to the VA Rose Garden (map).

MEDIA CONTACTS

UCLA: Alison Hewitt, 310-206-5461 (office), 310-562-0174 (cell), ahewitt@support.ucla.edu
VA: Jessica Baxter, 310-268-4207 (office), 310-697-6172 (cell), jessica.baxter1@va.gov

MEDIA CHECK-IN

Media are asked to RSVP to one of the media contacts. On the day of the event, journalists should check in at the entrance on the west side of the Rose Garden.

 

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