Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative
The Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative is a structured network of public, private, and government agencies working together to reduce suffering and improve the lives of veterans, service members, and military families in LA County. This is achieved through strategically improving their access to services, reducing barriers and coordinating care, and influencing policy to improve their lives. Since 2012, the USC Military and Veterans Programs (MVP) has managed the collaborative and hosted monthly LAVC meetings held on the second Wednesday of every month. LAVC is organized into 13 working groups addressing different veteran needs.
Working together towards:
Maintaining responsibility to the veterans, service members, and military families living in Los Angeles County.
Maintaining open communication and information sharing
Creating shared solutions acknowledging the highest priorities
Combining accomplishments and goals
Facilitating Collaborative coordination of seminars, symposia, workshops, and community events.
The Women Veterans Working Group consists of community outreach professionals, social workers, and policy advocates from veteran service organizations, public agencies, and community groups across Los Angeles County. This working group strives to develop strategies to ensure that the needs of female veterans are understood and met within the community.
Families & Children
The Families & Children Working Group includes military spouses, adult children of military families, social workers, and family advocates. The working group focuses on heightening awareness and impacting policy related to the concerns and needs of military-affiliated (connected) children and their families.
Housing & Homelessness
The Housing & Homelessness Working Group consists of VA-contracted agencies, housing authorities, individual nonprofits and organizations working with homeless veterans. With thousands of veterans sleeping on the streets of Los Angeles and hundreds of agencies working with homeless veterans throughout the county, this group works to solve systemic issues, influence policy, and educate and rally providers toward more coordination and better services.
Legal & Re-Entry
The Legal and Re-Entry Working Group consists of lawyers, legal professionals, policymakers, public counsel, and Veteran Affairs (VA) legal teams. The working group focuses on policy objectives, education, identifying laws affecting veterans and service delivery, building capacity with legal professionals to work with veteran clients in Los Angeles, and organizing to solve large-scale legal barriers facing veterans with criminal or legal issues.
The Behavioral Health Working Group consists of agencies, social workers, family therapists, and practitioners who provide behavioral health support to veterans and their families throughout Los Angeles. The working group centers on identifying the unique needs and challenges of veterans, increasing their access to behavioral health care, and recognizing best practices for veteran treatment.
The Recreation Working Group strives to educate and explore how recreation can be utilized and accessed by the veteran community to a) assist with healing, coping, reintegration, and improving quality of life; b) develop best practices, and c) heighten awareness regarding the impact of recreation on Los Angeles’ veteran community.
Access & Engagement
This group was developed to serve as a community hub to improve access to assistance for all veterans as well as increase communication, collaboration and service delivery improvement among service providers.
The Higher Education Working Group consists of admission coordinators, and veteran resource center contacts from community colleges, trade schools, and universities across Los Angeles County. This working group strives to develop and share best practices with schools, and develop an agenda of work items that can drive a better educational experience for veterans in Los Angeles.
This working group educates employers, develops best practices for service providers, and identifies veterans in need of meaningful employment.
This working group works collaboratively to promote social change and introduce innovative solutions to address the needs of veterans in Los Angeles County.
Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine
The Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine working group strive to provide safe, alternative, holistic medical care to promote optimal wellness. Acupuncture, in partnership with herbal medication, can sharply reduce symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and other health conditions.
The Health Care Working Group is currently educating veterans about healthy strategies to promote a balanced and healthy lifestyle utilizing the whole health model.
The Faith-Based Working Group consists of chaplains, rabbis, clergy, and pastors who seek to learn, educate, and share best practices for working with veterans and military families in their respective communities. This working group differs from the others because it is not centered around a specific need, but encompasses communities already working with veterans. Many of the faith-based members work together in other working groups.