In addition to direct services, LACDMH and our partners play a critical role in connecting veterans and their families with services and support. Los Angeles County is home to the highest concentration of military veterans in the country.
LACDMH supports the Veteran Peer Access Network (VPAN), which prioritizes hiring veterans as “battle buddies” and systems navigators to connect their brothers and sisters in need with resources that will help.
It is a priority of the Department to advocate for veterans across the region, wherever that advocacy is needed.
You can also subscribe to the VPAN Mailing List to stay updated on the program’s activities and resources.
About the Veteran Peer Access Network (VPAN)
Led by veterans for veterans, VPAN helps you navigate often complicated systems so that you receive the services you deserve.
The first-ever community-driven support network serving veterans and their families in the U.S., the Veteran Peer Access Network (VPAN) connects County departments, non-profits, the VA and LA City programs.
The network embodies the #YouMatter ideal – that veterans deserve hope, well-being and a greater quality of life as valued members of the LA County community.
Resources available include:
- Mental Health – Treatment for trauma from combat exposure, military sexual trauma, relationship and intimacy issues
- Substance Misuse Support – Treatment for substance use disorders, including misuse of alcohol, prescription medication and other drugs
- Housing – Temporary and permanent housing for veterans and their families, help locating housing
- Workforce Development and Employment – Help with developing interview skills, resume creation, job coaching, plus volunteer and job opportunities
- Healthcare – Enrollment into VA healthcare, transportation to appointments, ensuring access to prescription medications
- Education – Support with school enrollment, vocational training, tuition assistance
- Miscellaneous – Food, childcare, transportation, financial assistance and more
- Legal Services – Help with eviction prevention, discharge upgrade, applying for VA benefits, etc.
- Social Connection/Recreation – Opportunities to connect with other veterans in a variety of settings
Additional information about VPAN’s background, mission and structure is available in its Action Plan document.
Veteran and Military Support Line – Having difficulty associated with COVID-19 or just need someone to talk to who can relate to what you’re going through? The Veteran and Military Support Line – with supports and resources for veterans, military members and their families – is here for you. Call (800) 854-7771, ext. 3, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
- Feb. 24, 2020 – Trailblazing LA County-VA Suicide Prevention Effort Tackles the Ultimate Veteran Crisis
- Jan. 28, 2020 – Innovative LA County Program Takes Mentally Ill Homeless Inmates from Jail to Managed Care
- Nov. 26, 2019 – LA County Delivers $33M for Groundbreaking Veteran Peer-to-Peer Network
- Oct. 25, 2019 – VA Los Angeles ‘Stand Down’ Brings Community Care to Veterans
- Sept. 26, 2019 – Peer Support Key in Veteran Suicide Prevention