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Summit View Brings Amazing Views, Affordable Housing to Formerly Homeless Veterans in Sylmar

At the newly opened Summit View apartment complex in Sylmar, Calif., 48 formerly homeless Veterans enjoy an expansive water view and array of amenities in a rustic, yet contemporary setting.

Four apartment buildings overlooking a body of water.

‘You Can Do This’: VA Programs Provide Veteran with Second Chance

As the work leader carpenter at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, Army Veteran Daniel Martin takes great pride in fixing things. “Danny,” as he prefers to be called, repairs drywall, hangs doors, and generally beautifies Building 500 for patients, staff, and visitors.

Three men standing and talking to each other.

Through VPAN, Peer Support Helps Veterans Get Off the Streets and Into Services

For many Veterans returning to civilian life, knowing what benefits and services they’re eligible for can be a challenging task. The maze of options can be overwhelming for even the most connected Veterans.

Veteran Peer Access Network (VPAN) Lead Housing Specialist Liza Rodriguez (left) and VPAN Program Manager Anh Tran (right) discuss VPAN’s work in linking Veterans and their families to services.

Sepulveda VA Installs New Exercise Equipment, Renovates Track to Help Veterans Stay Healthy

At VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center, a Hero’s Corner is rapidly taking shape. With newly installed outdoor exercise equipment, a renovated track and an expanding green space populated with tables, plants and pergolas, it’s becoming a respite and recreational area for Veterans in the community.

Man uses exercise equipment.

Annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival Triples in Size

From ornate headdresses to multi-colored ceramic bowls and vibrant, paint-splashed canvases, art was on full display at the Annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival, a VA event that brought Veterans together with the exciting opportunity to earn national acclaim.

Woman explains her painting to another woman.

Painting class combines free art lessons with therapy

Veterans are learning new artistic techniques as they establish a sense of community and share what is in their hearts and on their minds during the monthly Paint & Snack workshop held at the Heroes Golf Course.

Man is instructed by a woman on painting techniques.

Rocking Recovery: Music Helps Veteran Rise out of Homelessness

The electric sounds of rock music reverberated through the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center campus as several Veterans strummed guitars and played keyboards under the afternoon sun.

man plays guitar while woman sings.

Expressive Movement: The Transformative Power of Dance for Veterans

Veterans from all walks of life flood into the “Express Yourself” dance class in the heart of the VA’s West Los Angeles Medical Center.

Dance for Veterans class

Santa Barbara County Sees 60% Drop in Veteran Homelessness

With increased housing costs, rising inflation and the end of eviction moratoriums, many regions across California are experiencing increases in homelessness, both among Veterans and the general population.

Man stands in doorway.

Connecting Veterans Through the Power of Percussion

The sounds of Veterans slapping bongo skins fill the air, creating a rhythm that echoes through the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center campus near the Integrative Health and Wellness Center.

People participate in a drum circle.