Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative

The USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families administers the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative, which comprises community stakeholders and representatives from organizations serving veterans and military families in the Los Angeles area. Founded at New Directions in February 2010, and now at CIR since March 2012, the members of the LA Veterans Collaborative gather to discuss the issues affecting local veterans and to coordinate the resolution of gaps in service or needed policy changes they identify through the collaborative’s working groups. Each working group is focused on a particular issue area regarding veterans.

For more information, read our FAQs.

Behavioral Health Working Group
CHAIR: CPT Michael Franc, PsyD,  Joint Forces Training Base

Career Advancement Working Group
CO-CHAIR: Lisa Anderson, Salvation Army
CO-CHAIR: Peter (P.J.) Stigers, MSW, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Community Care

Families & Children Working Group
CO-CHAIR: Deborah Hayes, PsyD, LCSW, MPH, Adjunct Professor, USC School of Social Work
CO-CHAIR: Debbie Nichols, Military Children Collaborative Group, Inc.

Healthcare Working Group
CHAIR: William N “Guy” McCloud, MHA, FACHE, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Higher Education Working Group
CHAIR: Kookie Murray, Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Housing & Homelessness Working Group
CO-CHAIR: Hillary R. Evans, New Directions, Inc.
CO-CHAIR: Steve Renahan, Shelter Partnership, Inc.

Legal & Re-Entry Working Group
CO-CHAIR: Jodi Galvin, Armed Forces Committee, Los Angeles Bar Association
CO-CHAIR: Maj. Dwight Stirling, J.D., M.A., Veterans Legal Institute

Faith-Based Working Group
CHAIR: Pastor Kelvin Sauls, Holman United Methodist Church


Collaborative Meetings

The Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative meets the second Wednesday of every month at CIR’s office in downtown Los Angeles. If you are interested in attending a meeting, joining the collaborative mailing list or a specific Working Group mailing list, please contact Nathan Graeser at graeser@usc.edu

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, March 11. To RSVP, click here.


Previous Meeting Minutes


January 8, 2014 February 12, 2014 March 12, 2014
April 9, 2014 May 14, 2014 June 11, 2014
July 9, 2014 August 13, 2014 September 10, 2014


January 9, 2013 February 13, 2013 March 13, 2013
April 10, 2013 May 8, 2013 June 12, 2013
July 10, 2013 August 14, 2013 September 11, 2013
October 9, 2013 November 13, 2013 December 11, 2013


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