Los Angeles LGBT Center to Host ‘Stand Down’ on September 28 for Veterans to Claim Long-Awaited Benefits - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center to Host ‘Stand Down’ on September 28 for Veterans to Claim Long-Awaited Benefits

September 18, 2019
Contact: Gil Diaz
323-993-7622

The Los Angeles LGBT Center will host its next ‘Stand Down’ for veterans and active service members on Saturday, September 28, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., at the Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus. With more than 30 organizations for veterans and seniors participating, the event provides free services and referrals in various areas, including VA enrollment, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, CalVets benefits, VA benefits, education, housing, legal, employment, medical, mental health, and social services. The fair is open to all veterans and active service members and is not limited to the LGBT veteran community.

A Color Guard procession will officially open the Stand Down.

In 1993 the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law barred openly LGBT persons from military service. When it was officially repealed in 2011, many service members who were dishonorably discharged due to their sexual orientation became eligible for benefits, yet many of them, traumatized from their experiences, opted out of accessing VA services.

“Our Stand Downs create a safe environment for all who served, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and connects them with peers and allies who have shared similar experiences during their service. So far, we have assisted nearly 300 veterans and active service members,” said Yelba Carrillo, M.Ed. Psy, MSW, manager of social services for the Center’s Senior Services. “The resources provided at our Stand Downs help our veterans obtain the quality of life they deserve.”

LGBT veterans and active servicemembers attending the Stand Down are invited to be interviewed for a film depicting their unique perspectives related to serving in the U.S. military. The film, tentatively titled My Service, My Story, is being produced by participants in the Center’s LGBT Senior Veterans initiative, a program that offers case management, support groups, and social activities and serves as a bridge between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and LGBT seniors who suffered discrimination in the military. The film will be screened at a Veterans Day event in November, be submitted to film festivals, and posted on the Center’s YouTube channel.

WHAT:
Veteran Stand Down
The Los Angeles LGBT Center hosts its resource fair for all veterans and active service members to enroll in VA benefits and obtain information about an array of life-enhancing services such as legal, education, housing, employment, medical, mental health, and social services.

WHEN:
Saturday, September 28
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE:
Los Angeles LGBT Center
Anita May Rosenstein Campus
1118 N. McCadden Place
Los Angeles 90038

COST:
FREE

For more information about the Center’s Senior Services, visit lalgbtcenter.org/seniors

 

About the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond since 1969. Today the Center's nearly 700 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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