The Los Angeles County Veteran Peer Access Network (VPAN) is a collaborative effort that will unite the community through partnership, support, and engagement across all levels of government, business, nonprofits, philanthropy, and the general public.
Battleship IOWA is the VPAN program provider for L.A. County Department of Mental Health within L.A. County Supervisorial Districts 2 and 4. For more information on the program, please visit https://dmh.lacounty.gov/veterans/.
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
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 8 p.m. daily.
If you are interested in getting connected to resources yourself, please fill out the VPAN Assistance Request form. If you are interested in getting someone else connected to resources, please fill out the VPAN Referral Form. Additionally, anyone may call the Help Line at 800-854-7771 (*3 for Veteran and Military Support Line) to either request resources for yourself or for someone else. (Interested in volunteering for the Veteran and Military Support Line? Please fill out this questionnaire.)
Peer Support Specialist Richard Douglas hosts a weekly AA meeting. Please join us Wednesday nights from 7:30 PM to 8:45 PM aboard Battleship IOWA.
Meet the Team
Program Manager – Jess Mendoza, MA, APCC (ARMY)
Assistant Program Manager – Bryan Palomera (USMC)
Service Coordinator – Verenise Medina (Military family member ARMY)
Assistant Service Coordinator – Audrey Champ (USMC)
Squad Leader – Rich Douglas (ARMY)
Squad Leader – Jerrie Johnson (Military family member ARMY)
Squad Leader – James Schotter (USMC)
Peer Support Specialist – David Gutierrez (USMC)
Peer Support Specialist – Ellie Lopez (Military family member ARMY)
Peer Support Specialist – Danny Perez (ARMY)
Peer Support Specialist – Trinidad Smith (Military family member AIR FORCE)
Peer Support Specialist – Josh Boyd (NAVY)
Peer Support Specialist – Bryan Root (USMC)
Peer Support Specialist – Kelsey Gutierrez (ARMY)
Peer Support Specialist – Amanda Arroyo (NAVY)