The West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus has a long and evolving history of serving our Veteran community. The West LA Veterans Collective recognizes the value that the physical and cultural history of the campus offer to our ability to serve the growing needs of our Veterans in the future. While we are planning for this future, we already acting upon it.
Creation of Pensions for Veterans.
National Home For Disabled Volunteer Soldiers is created as the American Civil War leads to a large portion of Veterans needing assistance.
Arcadia Bandini de Stearns Baker, the wealthy California landowner and “godmother of Santa Monica,” and real estate developer Senator John P. Jones gift a large portion of her land to the government that is deeded for the specific purpose of providing not just healthcare, but also a home and community for disabled Veterans.