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VA Los Angeles Celebrates Veterans Day

October 8, 2014

FREE Double Feature Film and Award Winning BBQ for Veterans, Military Members, Families

LOS ANGELES – VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) in partnership with Greater Los Angeles Fisher House Foundation (GLAFHF) hosts the third annual Day for Heroes event on Nov. 8 with a double feature film featuring The Amazing Spider Man 2 and Transformers – Age of Extinction along with a free BBQ in honor of Veterans Day.  The celebrations are held in Los Angeles at the VAGLAHS’ West LA Medical Center (WLA) located at 11301 Wilshire Blvd., at the Wadsworth Theatre and Rose Garden. 

Veterans, military members and families can enjoy a free, Texas style, award winning BBQ from Smokin’ Steve’s Pit BBQ featuring Angus beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken and plenty of fixings. The BBQ runs from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Rose Garden behind Building 220.  Rickey Minor and the Tonight Show Band are scheduled to provide the musical entertainment during the BBQ.  Additional performances includes a visit by Zoo-to-You where guest are treated to an educational demonstration of our Nation’s official bird emblem, the great American bald eagle.

The double feature films will play at the historic Wadsworth Theatre beginning with The Amazing Spider Man 2 at 2:00 p.m. followed by Transformers – Age of Extinction at 5:30 p.m.

No tickets are required for this year’s event; seating is on a first come first serve basis.  We do ask that you RSVP online by visiting  For questions call 310.478.3711 ext. 42441. Please have your Veteran ID, military ID, DD 214 or other identification to verify Veteran, Military or dependent status (spouse, child or dependent of military member). 

Every day is Veterans Day at VAGLAHS and we honor our Veterans by providing the best healthcare in a healing and patient-centered care environment.  During this time of year, we remember the sacrifices of Veterans who have gone before us, thank those Veterans still in our midst, and exhort each other and our young to live up to their example of selfless service for the common good.  We are honored to pay special tribute to our Veterans and thank them for their service.

Fisher House Foundation provides a "home away from home" for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.  The WLA Fisher House opened its doors in February 2009 and has served 3,274 Veteran families since inception.  WLA Fisher House residents saved over $2.9 million in hotel expenses alone while their loved ones received treatment and care at the medical center.  Although the WLA Fisher House is owned and operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, GLAFHF contributes funding for guest comfort and to subsidize the cost of maintenance.

About the Day for Heroes Events:

Nov 8, 2014, Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm – Award winning BBQ at the Rose Garden behind building 220 at WLA near the Wadsworth Theatre and The Great Lawn
2:00 pm showing of The Amazing Spider Man 2, Wadsworth Theatre (doors open at 1:00 pm)
5:30 pm showing of Transformers – Age of Extinction, Wadsworth Theatre (doors open at 5:00 pm)

About the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System: VAGLAHS is the largest, most complex healthcare system within the Department of Veterans Affairs. VAGLAHS consists of three ambulatory care centers, a tertiary care facility, and 10 outpatient clinics. VAGLAHS serves Veterans residing throughout five counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. There are 1.4 million Veterans in the VAGLAHS service area. Visit us on the web for more information .

About the GLA Fisher House Foundation:  Located in the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center (WLA), the Fisher House provides a “home away from home” so that America’s military families can be together during extended treatment for a serious illness, lengthy physical or occupational therapy.  The West LA Fisher House opened its doors in February 2009 and has since served over 3,274 families. A 16,000 square foot facility with 21 private guest suites, the Fisher House creates a warm, compassionate environment where families find support and encouragement with others in similar circumstances.  For more information about the WLA Fisher House, visit