If anyone ever wonders why and how government can be so wasteful and dysfunctional at the expense of We the People, take a serious look at the Los Angeles VA

Brentwood Tent City vs Brentwood Homeless Veterans

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Brentwood Tent City vs Brentwood Homeless VeteransFellow Veterans and Friends of Veterans

This past Sunday exposed the extreme dichotomy of Veteran homelessness outside the VA in Brentwood and a community-gathering within Brentwood itself.

Directly outside the VA border fence on the sidewalk of San Vicente Boulevard leading into the community of Brentwood are numerous U.S. Military Veterans living homeless and hungry.


On the other side of the VA’s border fence are 388 acres of land left from the original 640 acres deeded exclusively in 1888 as a National Home for disabled and disadvantaged Veterans.

This sacred land must be used as a humanitarian-relief “Tent City” but such a plan is maliciously and cowardly rejected by the executive director and her team of self-serving, cold-hearted bureaucrats.

Let us never forget that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs promised on January 28, 2015 to end Veteran homelessness in Los Angeles by the end of 2015 and beyond.

Well, it’s now more than three years “beyond” the end 2015 and we’re still the nation’s capital for homeless Veterans.

This past Sunday, the “Home Run For Kids” / 5K Fun Run - Walk and Kiddie K Run / was held directly on San Vicente Boulevard in the heart of Brentwood.

Brentwood Tent City vs Brentwood Homeless Veterans

The public gathering was advertised as “A great opportunity for kids, parents, and the community to work together to help solve family homelessness in Los Angeles”

Check the attached photos showing the extreme treatment of homeless Veterans living on the San Vicente sidewalk next to the VA, some in makeshift tents, while the community gathering had multiple new tents on San Vicente Boulevard with a commercial “Tent City.”. (See Below)

For more than a decade, the Old Veterans Guard has respectfully requested a humanitarian “Tent City” inside the VA on property deeded as a National Home for our Veterans in need.

Ann Brown, executive director at the Los Angeles VA for the past three years, has decried at local public and private meetings within the neighboring communities:  “There will be no tent city on my [her] campus.”

Well Ms. Brown, this land is not yours, and it’s not a campus—it’s a “Home” for Veterans.

Brentwood Tent City vs Brentwood Homeless Veterans

It’s important to know that Ms. Brown, who is not a Veteran, lives in government housing directly on VA property deeded as a Home for Veterans and walks less than a couple hundred feet from her office to her residence.

Think about that the next time you, a taxpayer, have to spend hours driving in gridlock traffic to-and-from your home to workplace.

And be sure to witness the homeless Veterans living outside the VA in dangerous weather and potential crime while Ms. Brown lives in the quiet, safety and comfort of government owned housing. And remember, there’s no money to house Veterans.

The foregoing notwithstanding, Ms. Brown and her minions are clueless about the history of this National Home for Veterans.

Here is photographic history of the National Home at the Los Angeles National Cemetery depicting the founding of this historic and sacred monument to our U.S. Military Veterans.

The opening paragraph states:

NATIONAL HOME .... “In 1887, the U.S. Congress approved funding for the Pacific Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (NHDVS) Three individuals donated land for the 640-acre site located 14 miles west of Los Angeles. The first barracks opened in 1888 and filled quickly with Civil War and other veterans.  Many pitched tents on the unfinished grounds awaiting a bed.”


How about that?  Tents were acceptable then as Veterans awaited congress-funded construction of the Veterans new National Home.

Nearly 131 years later in the capital of homeless Veterans, congress and the VA claim they have no money so the VA has to lease Veterans’ land “rent-free” to the city of LA for a public dog park and a “rent free” public-parking shopping lot, etc.

Even when Veterans are willing to provide their own tents to live inside at their own National Home, Ann Brown refuses to allow any tents of any nature on “her” campus.

Thirty years ago the city of LA proposed 15 trailers to house homeless Veterans but the community of Brentwood and VA officials shot it down by declaring that the property at the VA was not the place to house homeless Veterans.

Now, the city of LA is spending $5 million on trailers to house only 100 homeless Veterans and Ann Brown is all for that.

If anyone ever wonders why and how government can be so wasteful and dysfunctional at the expense of We the People, take a serious look at the Los Angeles VA.

Can’t wait for President Trump to eventually learn firsthand how abusive and malicious the most corrupt VA in the nation really is at the expense of thousands-upon-thousands of war-injured and impoverished homeless U.S. Military Veterans.

In the meantime, where are the grateful and compassionate residents of Brentwood and neighboring communities who should be standing up and demanding an emergency “Tent City” inside the Los Angeles VA?

“Save Our Veterans Land” and “Bring Our Homeless Veterans HOME”.

God Bless America and the Veterans Revolution!


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Robert L. Rosebrock -- Bio and Archives | Comments

Rosebrock is a U.S. Army Veteran, Vietnam War-era, HQ USARHAW, Schofield Barracks. He is Director of the Veterans Revolution and the Old Veterans Guard.

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