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Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich says providing more county-funded work opportunities to veterans makes economic sense.
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The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is considering asking all vendors bidding on major county construction contracts to hire more military veterans.

A rendering of the West LA veterans campus as proposed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs would build hundreds of units of temporary and permanent housing for homeless on its West L.A. campus under a draft master plan.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs discussed ways to kickstart redevelopment of the West Los Angeles veterans campus in Brentwood.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is calling for disciplinary action after a Veterans Affairs investigation found that staffers in Seattle dumped mail about vets’ benefits in a yellow bucket and left it for months. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Medical Center.
Dept. of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded $300 million to nonprofits nationwide to help reduce veteran homelessness, with $12.3 million going to organizations that serve Los Angeles County.


Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Michelle Obama at a June 2014 event where Garcetti pledged to end homelessness among military veterans by the end of 2015.
City of Los Angeles

 

Mayor Eric Garcetti's office said Los Angeles will miss its goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of the year. He blamed the recent rise in the city's homeless population — veteran and non-veteran alike.

Nancy Pastor for NPR

 

Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate and House outlines a plan to build housing on the West L.A. veterans campus. A lawsuit settled earlier this year targeted past VA mismanagement failures on the campus.

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A VA Town Hall meeting degrades into a shouting match, as the agency discussed plans to redevelop its West Los Angeles campus.

Nancy Pastor for NPR.

The VA apologizes for misusing real estate in West Los Angeles. Instead of using all the land to serve veterans, the VA leases some of it to a television studio, a laundry business, and UCLA.


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