Veteran Peer Access Network | SD1

You Served Your Country. Now, We’re Here to Help You.

The first-ever community-driven support network serving Veterans and their families in the U.S., the Veteran Peer Access Network (VPAN), connects Veterans, regardless of discharge status, and their family members to community resources. This assistance is provided to address challenges confronting Veterans & their families, including housing, employment, education, financial assistance, health care, transportation and mental health. This new program is offered by JVS SoCal’s Veteran Services department.

Program Benefits

The network embodies the #YouMatter ideal – that veterans & their families deserve hope, well-being and a greater quality of life as valued members of the L.A. County community.

Resources available include:

  • Mental Health – Treatment for trauma from combat exposure, military sexual trauma, relationship and intimacy issues
  • Substance Misuse Support – Treatment for substance use disorders, including misuse of alcohol, prescription medication and other drugs
  • Housing – Temporary and permanent housing for veterans and their families, help locating housing
  • Workforce Development and Employment– Help with developing interview skills, resume creation, job coaching, plus volunteer and job opportunities
  • Healthcare – Enrollment into VA healthcare, transportation to appointments, ensuring access to prescription medications
  • Education – Support with school enrollment, vocational training, tuition assistance
  • Miscellaneous – Food, childcare, transportation, financial assistance and more
  • Legal Services – Help with eviction prevention, discharge upgrade, applying for VA benefits, etc.
  • Social Connection/Recreation – Opportunities to connect with other veterans in a variety of settings

Apply for Assistance

Veterans, please fill out the following Assistance Request form. By completing this form, you’ll be entered into our secure, coordinated network of community resources, powered by Unite Us, that is available to help. A VPAN Peer Specialist will contact you soon.

If you are interested in getting someone else connected to resources, please fill out the VPAN Referral Form. Additionally, anyone may call the Help Line at 800-854-7771 (*3 for Veteran and Military Support Line) to request resources for themselves or for someone else. (Interested in volunteering for the Veteran and Military Support Line? Please fill out this questionnaire.)

For more information about the VPAN program, please visit the LACDMH website.


Leo Chirinos

Program Manager

Behkie Aguilar

Services Supervisor

Lucy Morales

Peer Support Specialist

Rudolph "Rudy" Andrade

Peer Coordinator

Joe Leal

Peer Coordinator

Brianna Saravia

Peer Support Specialist

Jorge Marcia

Peer Support Specialist

Jose Rodriguez

Peer Support Specialist

Richard Rodriguez

Peer Support Specialist


Veteran Peer Access Network SD1 (San Gabriel Valley)
Location: 1180 Durfee Ave., Suite 200 – South El Monte, CA 91733
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