VAGLAHS and Big Sunday gives a 21st Century face-lift to Veterans - VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
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VAGLAHS and Big Sunday gives a 21st Century face-lift to Veterans

July 7, 2017

What: The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and grassroots non-profit Big Sunday has coordinated efforts to update Veterans’ computer room with new computers and fresh paint. The Veterans benefitting from this donation are in-residential patients at the VA West Los Angeles Medical Center Domiciliary.

When: Saturday and Sunday, July 8th and 9th 2017 at 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: VA West Los Angeles Medical Center, Building 212, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90073

RSVP: Media interested in attending should RSVP by calling Blake Anderson at (424) 901-9761 or blake.anderson@va.gov

Why:  The Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program’s mission is to help Veterans reintegrate into the community. The new computers and updated room provides Veterans additional resources for job searches, staying connected with friends and family and providing a comfortable learning environment where Veterans can pursue and further their educational goals.



ABOUT VAGLAHS: VAGLAHS is one component of the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN22) offering services to Veterans residing in Southern California. VAGLAHS consists of three ambulatory care centers, a tertiary care facility and 10 community-based outpatient clinics. VAGLAHS serves Veterans residing throughout five counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. There are about 1.4 million Veterans in the VAGLAHS service area. For more information, call (310) 478-3711 or visit us at www.losangeles.va.gov. Veterans in need can call the VA hotline toll-free at 877-4-AID-VET.

About the VA West LA Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program (DRRTP):
There are approximately 296 residents, including 120 homeless veterans, in a variety of residential treatment programs. The treatment offered includes programming for substance abuse, mental health concerns, including trauma and serious mental illness, as well as homelessness. The Dom offers Substance Abuse Treatment programs (30-45 days) and assists Seriously Mentally Ill veterans with returning to the Community. For those interested in addressing more specific mental health concerns, the veteran, including target groups (such as OEF/OIF, women, SMI) will be able to individualize their program to meet their specific needs.

About Big Sunday:
Big Sunday’s mission is to connect people via helping. Big Sunday believes that we’re all in this together. The organization offers an enormous variety of opportunities and projects that unite people to improve lives, build community and give everyone a sense of belonging. Big Sunday functions as an efficient clearing-house of helping and community engagement, facilitating a host of ways for people of every background to help, and making it easy for diverse people to participate in good works together to support causes that they care about year-round. Every day, the organization works as a resource that unites, hosts, and is connected with hundreds of individuals, families and communities. 
Big Sunday began in Los Angeles and is now in several states and internationally in Adelaide, Australia. Founded in Los Angeles 19 years ago by Founder and Executive Director David Levinson with just 300 volunteers, the organization has now completed in excess of 1 million volunteer man-hours, and over 6,000 volunteer projects worth several million dollars in donated in-kind goods and services, and skilled and unskilled labor costs. Big Sunday is driven by the belief that anyone, regardless of how rich or poor, how old or young, your race, religion, gender or ethnicity, can help someone else. www.bigsunday.org

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