Brentwood School’s Veterans Center for Recreation and Education offers extensive athletic facilities for recreation and fitness (including four trainers who work with Veterans); a variety of classes, from Computer 101 and basic reading to art, financial literacy, and career development; transportation throughout the VA campus; and special programs and events — all free to Veterans.
Brentwood School's longstanding partnership with the VA helps Veterans.The school provides extensive services that Veterans rely on, from a daily shuttle around the West LA VA complex and a full athletic facility with trainers to numerous classes, thousands of meals, and scholarships for children of Veterans — all due to the in-kind services provided under the school's lease. The rent Brentwood School pays for its 22-acre lease is required by law to stay local and be used for priorities at the West LA campus, including housing and emergency shelter, construction, maintenance, and renovation.
The VA has repeatedly underscored the value of its lease with the school, which complies with the West LA Leasing Act and was approved by local and national authorities. Brentwood School, the VA, and many, many Veterans benefit from this partnership.
The VA’s mission is enormous, and VA officials have stated publicly that it cannot achieve its mission without community partners. Brentwood School is proud to be one of them.
“Brentwood School is uniquely positioned to offer veterans and their families on the West LA campus substantial opportunities for physical recreation, health and wellness, education, and vocational training as well as direct community service and increased revenue. As such, the Committee is supportive of VA continuing the Department’s long-standing community partnership with the Brentwood School...”
In August 2023, Brentwood School’s partnership with the VA was recognized with a national award by the VHA National Community Partnership Challenge, “an annual event recognizing outstanding partnerships that advance the health and well-being of Veterans and their communities.” The VA National Community Partnership Challenge selected the collaboration between WLA VA and Brentwood School, US Vets, Village for Vets, and AyZar Outreach for launching and sustaining the Care, Treatment, and Rehabilitative Services (CTRS) program at WLA VA.
The men and women who have served our country deserve housing, and the need in Los Angeles is dire.
Brentwood supports the VA’s housing initiatives. Of the West LA VA’s nearly 400-acre campus, the 22 acres leased by the school are not currently designated for housing, according to the West LA Master Plan 2022. In the master plan, Brentwood School’s leased land is zoned for community interaction, engagement, and recreation — which the school’s Veteran facilities and programming provide.
In addition to rent and in-kind services, Brentwood School supported housing by funding 20 pallet shelters for the Care, Treatment, and Rehabilitative Services (CTRS) at West LA VA, a program that helps Veterans transition from unhoused to housed. The school also supplied move-in kits with bathroom and living room essentials for all of the new units in buildings 205, 207, 208, and 209 (over 200 homes), so Veterans would not move into empty spaces.
The VA has repeatedly expressed support for its partnership with Brentwood School.