November 9, 2023
DPSS Goes Green to Show Support for U.S. Veterans
Leading up to the national day to recognize the sacrifices of U.S. veterans, the L.A. County Departments of Public Social Services (DPSS), Military and Veterans Affairs (MVA), and Mental Health (DMH), hosted a special lighting ceremony as part of the Operation Green Light for Veterans awareness campaign.
Scheduled during the week of Veterans Day observances, Operation Green Light activities provide an opportunity for local counties and cities to honor veterans and their family members by illuminating public buildings in green from November 6–12. The goal is to highlight the ongoing commitment to servicemembers who have returned from active duty, with their difficult transition into civilian life.
DPSS illuminated its City of Industry headquarters building to show solidarity with the National Association of Counties’ Operation Green Light for Veterans. Over 150 DPSS employees, including several who gained employment through initiatives, such as the County of L.A.’s Veterans Internship Program, participated in the ceremony.
“By shining a green light, we let veterans know they are seen, appreciated, and supported,” said DPSS Director Jackie Contreras. “We’re doing this because there is a need – and we need to act.”
Joined by MVA Director James Zenner and DMH Veteran Peer Access Network (VPAN) Program Manager Rhonda Higgins, Contreras added that some veterans who return home have unique struggles that their friends and family may not fully understand. “That’s why we’re here today,” to raise awareness in the community,” she said.
The department will continue to collaborate with countywide organizations serving veterans to ensure that they are well informed and have access to the vital resources and services to help them thrive.
DPSS is encouraging veterans who need access to food, shelter, medical services, clothing, or employment training, to call DPSS at 866-613-3777, or visit the DPSS website for assistance. Help is also available by visiting the Department of Mental Health Veteran Peer Access Network (VPAN) or call the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Veteran Support Line at (800) 854-7771 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week.