Veterans West

About the veterans and for the veterans.

Veteran & Military Community Events

Veterans & MilFam events begin and end at IOWA

Janice Bowman, manager Military & Veterans Affairs

Our concierge & Veterans West manager will take you (and your family) where you want to go!

The Military & Veterans Affairs department, Veterans West, at Battleship IOWA has a mission to provide programs and resources that have impact, nourish comradery, and support the critical needs of our military and veterans.

The three pillars of veterans programs and services aboard the museum focus on honor, community, and prosperity.



The ship is a location of honor for both veterans and civilians.  It is an opportunity for the public to show their appreciation to those whom served, as well as an environment that reinforces pride in service.  A unique platform of patriotism that remembers the fallen and an appreciation of service. Whether it is the simple announcing of a veteran arriving aboard ship over the 1MC or the production of LA Fleet Week, Veterans Day, and Memorial Day events, we continue to honor veterans daily.

USS Iowa veterans may visit the “Those Who Served” section to upload a photo and short service record and may become a member of the USS Iowa Veterans association at



The sense of community is critical to the well-being of everyone, but especially veterans.  Those who have served have comradery with other veterans built through training, combat, and focus.  This makes community a keystone pillar of our veterans and community programs.  This led to the formalization of Surface Navy Association “SNA” Battleship IOWA Chapter, American Legion Post 61, and the Battleship IOWA Veterans Resource Center “VRC”.  Our “VRC” provides veterans a one-stop approach with the ability to easily access a Veteran Concierge, a master resource list, and VSNP & VCCP programming.  A sense of community coupled with resources and programming, provides a high impact environment aboard Battleship USS Iowa Museum.



Our prosperity pillar aligns with the basic definition of “the condition of being successful or thriving”.  Veterans programs at the Battleship IOWA take into account a well-rounded support system of honor, community, and prosperity.  We utilize the in-situ environment of the ship to provide a holistic approach to assisting veterans to thrive.  We continue to partner with best in class resource providers with a range of focus from skills development, job search, wellness, education, and general support.  One of our founding affiliations is with National Veterans Transition Services to host Operation REBOOT on board ship. Our newest is with Integrated Recovery Foundation.


Veterans West is a full suite of programs for the coolest veterans on earth.  Call Janice today and she will tell you how cool it really is.


The Veterans Resource Center at Battleship IOWA is a veteran community center and hub welcoming veterans and their families of every branch and service era.

The Battleship IOWA is an all-inclusive, holistic, and enjoyable environment for all. The ship uses its vast space to function as a community center that hosts programs and events, and provides services for the benefit of veterans throughout the region.

The Veterans Resource Center is generously funded with contributions from Phillips 66, Johnny Carson Foundation, Wells Fargo, and Timken.


Need personalized guidance with our calendar and resources? Would you like to take a veteran excursion to visit military and veteran monuments, memorials, and other landmarks? Need a ride to a county-wide veteran service or community partner location? Look no further than our very own veteran concierge!

Veterans Resource List

Veterans West by Battleship IOWA is proud to offer a comprehensive directory of meetings, resources, education, employment, etc. for the benefit of veterans.  Please enjoy and share the good word.

Address: 5901 E 7th St
Long Beach, CA 90822
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Housing/Shelter Emergency Housing
Braxton Young (213) 689-2127 / Fred Walker (213) 689-2157
5th Floor is all veterans

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Address: Goodwill Veteran Employment Program
The Stanley E. Hansen Veterans Employment Center
3150 N. San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90065
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Veteran Employment Services
You’ve served us, now let us serve you!  We know what you have personally sacrificed for our country’s independence and collective success, and we are here with resources and support to help you find your own post-service success.

Goodwill Southern California has established a program dedicated solely to assisting veterans throughout Los Angeles (North of Rosecrans), San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Unemployed veterans benefit from a host of services delivered via Universal Access, Core and Intensive Services. Program Specialists, former vets themselves, are uniquely qualified to respond to and address the special needs of those who have served our country and now face the challenges of transitioning into a civilian world, advance beyond their military careers and regain their independence, a sense of pride, dignity and purpose.

Veteran Employment Program advisors offer skills assessments, one-on-one career counseling, employment preparation courses, educational and technical skills classes, and work tools as well as access to a host of other partner services including shelter and housing assistance, transportation assistance, medical and dental health services, mental health and substance abuse counseling, Veterans Benefits Assistance and more – all aimed at helping veterans secure meaningful and sustainable employment.

Program Services

One-on-One Career Counseling
Job Search Strategies
Access to Computer, Internet, Phone, Fax and Copier
Resume Writing
Computer and Skills Training
Interview Workshops
Financial Management
Access to Community Resources
Text Books, Bus Passes, and other Work Tools
On-the-Job Training Opportunities
Career Development and Job Leads
Entrepreneurial Assistance
One-year Follow-up Services

Documentation Requirements

Current Photo ID
Social Security Card, or Right-to-Work Documents
DD 214, or Proof of Service Letter
Proof of Income (e.g. EDD Unemployment Letter, GR Letter, etc.)
Proof of Selective Service Registration (Males Only—Born after 01/01/1960)

The Veteran Employment Program is also connected with local universities, colleges, trade schools, hospitals, clinics, businesses, community-based organizations, unions, and government agencies to better assist veterans by providing comprehensive services for those who require assistance in overcoming multiple barriers to employment. Following is a list of partner organizations and a brief description of our collaborative work:

Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department (CSSD)

The Veteran Employment Program and CSSD are helping Veterans through a Veterans Compromise of Arrears Program (VCOAP). The goal of the program is to reach veterans who owe a significant amount of child support (arrears) and assist them in resolving their cases by achieving compliance through the modification of existing child support orders, and arranging manageable payment plans.

The Veteran Employment Program also works with CSSD to obtain a release for a veteran who may have a hold or a suspension on their Driver’s License. A Veteran Employment Program Representative can work with the CSSD towards resolving child support matters provided that the veteran signs a Release and Authorization.

Volunteers of America (VOA)

The VOA fights homelessness amongst the veteran population through the Department of Labor funding. Our collaborative work with the VOA is a two way referral process. VOA Case Workers refer veterans they have screened and deemed job ready to the Veteran Employment Program for job placement assistance.  Whereas the Veteran Employment Program program refers veterans to the VOA for assistance securing housing so that they can realistically participate in job search activities.

Dress for Success

Dress for Success receives referrals from the Veteran Employment Program for female veterans in need of professional attire.  Female veterans are provided with one professional outfit to attend a job interview. Once the female vet has secured employment, Dress for Success will provide one week of business attire, including accessories such as shoes, a purse, necklace and earrings. Dress for Success also provides an ongoing support group as women successfully transition into the workplace.

East Los Angeles Vet Center

East Los Angeles Vet Center is a part of the Veteran Administration Health Care System. Veteran clinics are located throughout the community for those who are unable to get to the larger VA medical center or prefer the smaller more individualized treatment that one can receive in a community setting. They offer a wide array of assistance including pharmacy refills, and mental health services. It is not uncommon to find veterans uncomfortable with the idea of walking into the large, crowded environment of a VA Hospital such as West Los Angeles. Working with ELA Vet Center, the Veteran Employment Program refers veterans who appear anxious about care, or have requested referrals for mental health services.

In addition, the Veteran Employment Program has partnered with other similar organizations such as The Soldier’s Project which offers civilian mental health services to returning combat veterans, and UCLA FOCUS which provides mental health supportive services to veterans and their families.

USC Center for Innovations and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR)

USC CIR has taken on the role of host for the Los Angeles Collaborative, a group of government agencies, community nonprofit organizations, and businesses whose focus is on veterans. The LA Collaborative is currently in development of an asset map of Greater Los Angeles. Veteran Employment Program participates in the employment committee with a goal of understanding, beyond the area’s current assets, the needs of today’s veterans and their families.

Other community collaborations the Veteran Employment Program contributes to include: LA County 211 Veteran Council, Congresswoman Hahn’s Veterans Committee, Assemblywoman Mitchell’s Veterans Committee, LA County Veterans Advisory Commission, Los Angeles County and City Combined WIB Veterans Training Committee.

For more information please call 323.543.8440, or email

Goodwill Veteran Employment Program
The Stanley E. Hansen Veterans Employment Center
3150 N. San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Fax: 323.543.2434
TTY: 323.487.4980
Service Hours: Monday – Friday 8AM – 5PM

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. For more information, please call 323.543.8440. Goodwill Southern California provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities. The TTY/TTD phone number is 323.487.4980. Please contact our staff 72 hours in advance. Equal Opportunity Employer/Program.

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CVJP provides free assistance to veterans who are navigating pending criminal cases. The NEW California military / diversion statute,  PC 1001.36  allows every criminal court to be a mental health / treatment court.  CVJ Project’s primary mission is to help veterans use those statutes (for alternative sentencing/diversion), to get help, one on one support as soon as possible, and the services they need: VA benefits, discharge upgrades, housing, etc.


The CVJP utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to supporting veterans. We have hosted Masters of Social Work interns, Law Clerks, business students and more. Our project welcomes a variety of educational backgrounds and will work with you to develop an internship that meets your needs and will add to the CVJP.

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VetLex is a system that links U.S. Veterans, Veteran service organizations, and qualified pro bono or “low-bono” attorneys nationwide. Providers stand ready, willing and able to offer the legal services needed.

VetLex is a national, dedicated web-based network of coordinated pro bono service providers to serve the legal needs of veterans. VetLex does not provide legal services; rather, it is an online cooperative system of intake, assessment, and referral envisioned to quickly and effectively connect veterans in need of legal services with those who stand ready to provide them.

Jones Day and the ABA have partnered with Unite Us, a technology company, to build this network. VetLex currently has regional locations in the Washington, D.C. metro area, Pittsburgh, and Detroit. It aims to expand nationwide, and can serve certain legal needs regardless of location.

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Veterans America's Job Center

The Veterans America’s Job Center of California is committed to assisting Veterans to re-enter the civilian workforce and to achieve a competitive edge in the labor market. This is done through a combination of education, training, career counseling, and supportive services.

Veteran Services

JVS SoCal created the innovative Veterans First program, with the generous support of public and private donors. We work in close partnership with the Veterans AJCC, providing high quality, comprehensive career and employment services exclusively to veterans. Many of our team members are veterans themselves and together, we are uniquely qualified to assist you in the transition from the military to civilian workplace, to prepare you for the job search, assist with vocational training opportunities and provide the support you need to advance in your career.

Our Services Include:

Career coaching
Skill assessment
No cost training opportunities in high growth industries
Pre-employment assistance
Job placement assistance


John Gutierrez, Deputy Director, Veteran Services
Bob Hope Patriotic Hall
1816 Figueroa Street, 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: (213) 742 9560

Veterans First

We assist all military veterans with a special focus on women veterans and post-9/11 veterans by providing professional career coaching, assessments to identify transferable skills, training in high growth career sectors, plus job search skills and job placement assistance.

Women Veterans

Our Veterans receive premier, priority of service and we strive to provide specialized, attentive services to our Veterans via a dedicated AJCC site that is staffed with Veterans who are distinctly qualified to respond to and address the unique needs of those who have served our country.

Phone Number:
(213) 742 9560