Unproductive school-sponsored veteran facilities need to be held accountable

No community in Los Angeles faces the challenges veterans do. Their scars, mental and physical, make reintegration into civilian life a daily struggle. But what’s worse than not helping them is agreeing to and then giving them the cold shoulder.

Congress passed a law in 2016 allowing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to lease its federal property on Wilshire Boulevard to third-party entities for 10 years. These VA Partners, including UCLA and the Brentwood School, were mandated to provide programs that principally benefit veterans.

The Brentwood School’s services include veteran access to athletic facilities and educational programs. For its part, UCLA has established a family wellness center for veterans, a legal clinic and recently a recovery center for treating those with substance use disorder.

But both institutions’ services have continually come under scrutiny.

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