Earlier this year, a volunteer organization that visits sick and dying veterans was notified it would have to pack up and move out of its offices in Building 258 on the West Los Angeles VA campus.
Several other groups have also been told to vacate in recent months, including a group of Jewish war veterans, and the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, which put on a production of Henry IV in the campus’s Japanese Garden last summer.
Now hospice volunteers with The Twilight Brigade are speaking out, arguing their group deserves to stay on the VA campuses in West L.A. and North Hills to continue helping dying patients, as they’ve been doing for 21 years.
So, why the evictions? It all stems from an Inspector General report that was issued last September. The watchdog said eleven leases were in violation of the West Los Angeles Leasing Act, passed by Congress in 2016 to govern how the valuable 388-acre campus can be used.