The Veterans Affairs hospital in West Los Angeles is evicting a volunteer group that spent 21 years at the bedsides of dying patients who otherwise would have been alone in their final moments.
The Twilight Brigade is among several veterans service organizations that have been told by the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System they can no longer have offices or meetings on its campuses. The decision comes in the aftermath of an inspector general’s report that criticized the system’s administration for leasing land for a dog park, oil drills, baseball fields and other uses that did not clearly benefit veterans.
So, why are some of the evictions targeting groups dedicated to veterans? The answer isn’t clear, especially to the organizations now searching for new homes.
“No one has talked to me, no one has called me. Nine times I’ve tried, no one’s responded, nothing,” said Dannion Brinkley, founder of the nonprofit Twilight Brigade. “I look at everybody else they’re throwing out, and these are places where veterans are making a difference. These are veterans giving back.”