Veteran Service Officers (VSO)
Effective October 10, 2019, The Santa Clarita Veteran Services Collaborative, in order to improve service to the veteran community, is once again expanding access to our Veteran Service Officers.
Drop into the Veteran Center at 23222 Lyons Avenue in Newhall, the First, Second or Third Saturday of e very month, from 9AM to 1PM and meet with VSO Joe Sapien, who has been assisting for the past year, and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future. Mr. Sapien, an employee of the County of Los Angeles during the work week, comes to the Veteran Center as a Volunteer. He will assist the first 8 or 9 persons who sign in on Saturdays, and any additional individuals beyond position number 9 will be referred to the following Monday for assistance. Joe is authorized to sign off on College Waivers, Veteran DMV forms, etc.
On the 4th Monday of each month there will also be present a certified VSO from The DAV, from 9AM to 2PM (Anthony Simpson). He will provide the same service as does Joe Sapien.
Additionally, Veterans who have been unable to make contact with a VSO on Saturdays will now be able to come in EVERY Monday, and speak to Jeff Stabile, our Board Member/volunteer, who will arrange an appointment for him/her with a VSO for a SKYPE interview at a time convenient to both the veteran and the VSO.
On all other Mondays, when Mr. Simpson is not in attendance, veterans may obtain Benefit Assistance from 9AM to Noon, through the volunteer efforts of Post Service Officers Bill Pollard and Tommy Kirk.
Additionally, for Benefit Assistance involving special issues or problems, Veterans may obtain the service of Mr. Stewart Liff, the retired Director of the Veterans Administration Regional Office. Mr. Liff is available through appointments only, arranged at the Veteran Center. He is a member of the Collaborative.
We believe that we have significantly reduced the need for Veterans to travel to Sepulveda or Chatsworth when they can now get the very finest assistance right here in the Santa Clarita Valley.