Vets Advocacy

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Vets Advocacy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit created as part of the landmark settlement in the Valentini v. Shinseki litigation, a class-action brought on behalf of homeless and disabled veterans to end the scourge of veteran homelessness in Los Angeles. The settlement agreement created a unique public-private partnership between the VA and representatives of the Valentini plaintiffs through Vets Advocacy. Consequently, Vets Advocacy serves as an advocacy organization to sustain the promises and commitments made in the Valentini settlement agreement to Los Angeles’ population of homeless veterans, including the revitalization of the 388-acre West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus and the development and implementation of a written strategy and action plan for LA’s homeless veteran population. Vets Advocacy works through its unique partnership with the VA, community engagement and outreach, public education, public policy advocacy, and technical assistance.

The board of Vets Advocacy consists of representatives of the Valentini plaintiff class, veteran advocates and veterans, including Admiral Michael Mullen, Gary Blasi, Army veteran Dan Garcia, Ronald Olson, and Bobby Shriver.