More than 100 community leaders, mental health professionals and other representatives from veteran and military focused organizations came together on Thursday, March 9, to celebrate the grand opening of the new Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at VVSD, Los Angeles in Torrance, CA.
The day included a morning VIP ceremony featuring key speakers: Medal of Honor Recipient, CVN Ambassador Ryan Pitts; Vito D. Imbasciani PhD, Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs; Torrance Mayor George Chen; Jennifer LaMarque, Torrance Deputy, LA County Supervisor’s Office; and Dr. Jonathan Sherin, former director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
Additionally, a ribbon-cutting was led by the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce to officially open the clinic. The celebratory day ended with a very engaging afternoon panel discussion on the importance of accessible mental healthcare in California with members of the community including Maj. Jenneva M. Barrett, Mental Health Flight Commander, Director of Psychological Health, Los Angeles Air Force Base; Cristina Garcia Barraza, Director of Veterans Programs at SoCal Grant Makers, and General Michael Fleming and Ryan Pitts.
See below for some of the fantastic print, broadcast, and radio news coverage about the celebrated event:
KNX-AM Radio: Interview with Ryan Pitts