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Strawberry Flag The Deed of 1888 provides a HOME for veterans on the property now known as the VA of WLA.

SInce 2009 Lauren Bon and The Metabolic Studio have been at work at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Site to secure that property as a HOME for veterans, and not just a hospital.

11/11/2019
Strawberry Flag

Saluting all our veterans today and everyday

Berlin director Walter Asmus rehearsed the New Directions Choir in a poetic rendition from Beckett's "Godot" performed yesterday as part of Strawberry Sundays (located where Strawberry Flag was in front of bldg 209 at the VA WLA.)

V.A. Seeks to Redirect Billions of Dollars Into Private Care
01/13/2019
V.A. Seeks to Redirect Billions of Dollars Into Private Care

V.A. Seeks to Redirect Billions of Dollars Into Private Care

For individual veterans, private care could mean shorter waits, more choices and fewer requirements for co-pays. But critics say the current veterans’ health care system could be starved of resources.

03/29/2018
Democracy Now!
02/01/2018
Democracy Now!

Democracy Now!

From headlines: A new congressionally-mandated report finds roughly half of all U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan need mental healthcare—but aren’t getting it.

California, Texas and Florida are strawberry growing states. They have the largest populations of homeless veterans. And...
12/07/2017

California, Texas and Florida are strawberry growing states. They have the largest populations of homeless veterans. And all have been the epicenters of catastrophic weather events this year. Strawberry Flag collected the strawberries from these fields that were being discarded for our performative action 2009-2010.

While California is on fire, these immigrant strawberry pickers continue to work breathing in toxic fumes so they can provide for their families. These are the same families Donald Trump is trying to deport. #LAFires (photo via @SEIU2015)

http://www.citywatchla.com/index.php/the-la-beat/10674-this-land-is-my-land-west-la-vets-campus-remains-a-dog-park
03/12/2016
This Land is My Land: West LA Vets Campus Remains a Dog Park

http://www.citywatchla.com/index.php/the-la-beat/10674-this-land-is-my-land-west-la-vets-campus-remains-a-dog-park

This Land is My Land: West LA Vets Campus Remains a Dog Park Details Katharine Russ 07 March 2016 LOS ANGELES Previous Article Venice Coalition Fed Up … Tells City Hall ‘Enough is Enough!’ Next Article The Dodgers are ‘Aquî’ - Building Strong Ties with Latinos RUSS REPORT--Last week, the U.S. Vetera…

The Strawberryqueen and Veteran Ruth
03/09/2016

The Strawberryqueen and Veteran Ruth

Emblem for Strawberry Flag, 2009-2010 , an artist action to hold space left in trust for veterans as a home by the Deed ...
11/01/2015

Emblem for Strawberry Flag, 2009-2010 , an artist action to hold space left in trust for veterans as a home by the Deed of 1888.

The Boom Interview: Lauren Bon | Boom: A Journal of California
08/04/2015
The Boom Interview: Lauren Bon | Boom: A Journal of California

The Boom Interview: Lauren Bon | Boom: A Journal of California

Lauren Bon is a transformative figure—her canvas is huge: Los Angeles, the American West, the way we think about landscapes, our water and where it comes from, and what we owe the land and communities....

Los Angeles to Build Housing for Veterans
07/23/2015
Los Angeles to Build Housing for Veterans

Los Angeles to Build Housing for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to settle a three-year-old lawsuit brought on behalf of homeless veterans by pledging to build permanent and transitional “bridge” housing.

07/08/2015

THe Strawberry Queen made an appearance on Independence Eve, July 3, dropping by the underground networks of building basements and gopher holes that make up the labyrinthian underground of the WLA VA.

Strawberry queen delivering ice cream today in celebration of the Deed of 1888 which was signed 127 years ago
03/03/2015

Strawberry queen delivering ice cream today in celebration of the Deed of 1888 which was signed 127 years ago

Deed of 1888Provides a home for veterans
03/03/2015

Deed of 1888
Provides a home for veterans

Strawberry queen visiting west Los Angeles VA
03/03/2015

Strawberry queen visiting west Los Angeles VA

Bobby and Andrea at  Arcadia's Garden, dancing on land left for veterans as a home at the WLA VA
11/24/2014

Bobby and Andrea at Arcadia's Garden, dancing on land left for veterans as a home at the WLA VA

Veterans Day, Arcadia's Garden, behind Cal Vets and VA WLA
11/20/2014

Veterans Day, Arcadia's Garden, behind Cal Vets and VA WLA

The Gopher Plan
11/10/2014

The Gopher Plan

Join us tomorrow for our 5th annual Veterans Day salute to our servicemen and women in Arcadia's Garden from 2-5pm, directly behind the CalVets home.

Beloved War Veteran Commits Suicide After Obama’s War Announcement
09/20/2014
Beloved War Veteran Commits Suicide After Obama’s War Announcement

Beloved War Veteran Commits Suicide After Obama’s War Announcement

U.S. veteran communities are reportedly grieving at news of the suicide of Jacob George, a three-tour veteran of America’s last decade-plus of war, after he failed to find relief from physical and mental injuries. In a clip from a veterans event last year, he spoke of his experience with various typ…

Every building that is underused or not used at all on the VA of WLA should have a kitchen in it. A kitchen makes a plac...
09/19/2014
For ailing veterans, endless government delays

Every building that is underused or not used at all on the VA of WLA should have a kitchen in it. A kitchen makes a place feel like home. We renovated one inside building 208, it was the place to be during Strawberry Flag. Get it together Department of Veterans Affairs. This is on property held in trust for veterans as a HOME not a hospital. At the very least, make sure you give them a kitchen to go to. The Metabolic Studio is poised to help--if you would only let us!

Wayne Scott, a World War II Navy veteran and Culver City schoolteacher, began falling apart after his wife died. First it was meningitis and then Parkinson's and dementia . His daughter, Kim Richards, kept hoping she would be notified that a bed was finally available for her father at CalVet's West…

Together We Served
08/07/2014

Together We Served

Captain with terminal cancer has one 'final mission' - help vets

An active-duty Army officer stricken with terminal cancer is fighting for his life — and the lives of others. Capt. Justin Fitch said he wants to use his last days to reverse the epidemic of veteran suicide.

“Every single day that I have here on this earth is a gift, and I want to use it as well as possible,” said Fitch, who was speaking slowly in a phone interview with Army Times on July 31, one day after his latest round of chemotherapy.

“Life is difficult. Recovery is difficult, but I try not to curl up in a ball, I try to do what I can in the time I have left,” said Fitch, 32.

That means balancing time with friends and family, including his wife of nine years, his obligations to the Army, and his cancer fight.

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are spent in chemotherapy, and on Thursdays and Fridays, he is commander of a research and development company at the Army’s Natick Labs.

Fitch has had 41 chemotherapy treatments. Since he was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in May 2012, he has also had several surgeries, lost 55 pounds and lost much of his digestive system. He has been told by doctors that he has months to live.

A native of Wayward, Wisconsin, with more than nine years as a soldier, Fitch served as an infantry officer in Iraq and later as a personnel officer supporting special forces troops in Iraq.

Fitch uses his personal brushes earlier in his service with depression, combat stress and suicidal thoughts to fuel his work for the nonprofit Active Heroes and its ‘Carry the Fallen’ campaign.

Statistics are very personal to Fitch. An estimated 22 veterans each day commit suicide, which makes about 8,000 per year.

“It’s hard to understand what the cause is and the solutions, but I believe very strongly in the route I’m taking,” Fitch said.

Fitch has participated in a series of ruck marches to benefit Carry the Fallen, the first in November 2013, and he was ruck-marching 10 miles to work twice a month before his medical condition forced him to stop.

In all, his ruck march team, Team Minuteman, has raised $112,000, and he has raised about $60,000 personally to benefit Active Heroes. The money helps veterans fund home repairs and — specifically through Carry the Fallen — will help build a retreat for veterans and their families.

For $5 million, a 244-acre farm in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, will be transformed into the retreat. Fitch envisions a day when families will be able to enjoy its tranquility, with a petting zoo for children and an archery range.

1st Lt. Kristen Heavens, a 27-year-old Natick research technician, has marched twice to memorialize two loved ones who committed suicide years apart, a close family friend and her grandfather, a 20-year Navy veteran.

“Everybody does a great job supporting each other,” she said. “Everybody has a story, and everybody is there for a reason.”

Cancer may have ended Fitch’s days marching the entire way, but he plans to ride in the command-and-control vehicle, shouting encouragement. The next marches are on Sept. 6 and Nov. 8. Registration and donation information is available at carrythefallen.org.

“It’s difficult to walk these days, let alone throw on an 80-pound ruck and complete a marathon,” he said. “I have been trying to transition my involvement in this cause into more of a leadership and inspirational role.”

That transition spurred him to donate $10,000 of his own money to the cause — money that might have paid for an overseas family trip — in order to inspire others to give. “I approved this through my wife,” he said. “I’m not crazy.”

His goal now is to see the retreat in Kentucky finished before he dies.

“This is my final mission as a soldier, and even when I actually do get medically retired from the Army, I am going to push this mission until I can no longer physically do anything,” Fitch said.

“It cannot be successful without hope and growth and support. It’s an impossible task it seems like some days — 8,000 a year — but even if its one life that we save, all the effort’s worth it.”

American Women Veterans
07/23/2014

American Women Veterans

Helen Miller, 92 yrs old
Women's Army Corps, WWII

"When [Helen] Miller decided to join up, her aim wasn't exactly to be a trailblazer.

The St. Paul woman said she had a good job at Montgomery Ward on University Avenue. But it wasn't something she wanted to do for the rest of her life.

She didn't have a boyfriend. The fellow she had been seeing told her she was too flirtatious. He dumped her and joined the Navy.

Miller decided she wanted to do her bit to help win the war.

"To be perfectly honest with you, because all of the good guys were gone, we felt we really couldn't get on with our lives until the war was over," she said. "We thought maybe we could help."

Her parents said it was OK for her to join the Army as long as she didn't volunteer to serve overseas.

Army regulations made her wait until her 21st birthday to sign up, so it wasn't until January 1943 when Miller and a friend took a streetcar to the armory building in Minneapolis and enlisted. They were among more than 150,000 American women who would eventually end up in uniform with the WAC..."

Read the whole story here: http://tinyurl.com/qz3gabm

the Deed of 1888 provides a home for veterans in west Los Angeles
07/17/2014
#United4Vets

the Deed of 1888 provides a home for veterans in west Los Angeles

Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Michelle Obama have joined forces to end veteran homelessness in our city by the end of 2015. They need your support to help spread the word.

Willie Nelson
07/05/2014

Willie Nelson

Happy 4 th of July to all the veterans.  Thanks for your service.
Love, Willie

Holding the space for veterans in a land deeded to them in 1888
07/05/2014

Holding the space for veterans in a land deeded to them in 1888

for the fourth year in a row, the strawberry queen and her entourage of gophers visited with veterans at the VA of WLA t...
07/04/2014

for the fourth year in a row, the strawberry queen and her entourage of gophers visited with veterans at the VA of WLA to thank them for their service!

As part of the EatLacma Curation at LACMA, the metabolic studio took parts o VAWLA Building 209 to the art world and per...
06/06/2014

As part of the EatLacma Curation at LACMA, the metabolic studio took parts o VAWLA Building 209 to the art world and performed an intensive care unit for the weakest strawberries.
October, 2010

As part of the EatLacma Curation at LACMA, the metabolic studio took parts o VAWLA Building 209 to the art world and performed an intensive care unit for the weakest strawberries.
October, 2010

05/30/2014
209 Ground Breaking

209 Ground Breaking

The Gopher Plan and the Old Veterans Guard are celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Deed of 1888. The Deed provides a home for vets at the property today...

05/30/2014
209 Ground Breaking

Did you know that the property known as the WLA VA is a property left in trust for veterans as a home and not a hospital? With the resignation of Eric Shinseki lets enforce the Deed of 1888 and ensure a home for veterans in west los angeles~

The Gopher Plan and the Old Veterans Guard are celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Deed of 1888. The Deed provides a home for vets at the property today...

Hugo
05/27/2014

Hugo

Strawberry Fields Forever

The Metabolic Studio would like to thank the veterans for their service--and we pay our respects to all those who have s...
05/26/2014

The Metabolic Studio would like to thank the veterans for their service--and we pay our respects to all those who have sacrificed for the greater good.

the Strawberry Queen visits the VA WLA
03/04/2014

the Strawberry Queen visits the VA WLA

Mobile Uploads
03/03/2014

Mobile Uploads

Community Called Upon to Help Design L.A. River Veteran Tribute Park in Van Nuys
02/18/2014
Community Called Upon to Help Design L.A. River Veteran Tribute Park in Van Nuys

Community Called Upon to Help Design L.A. River Veteran Tribute Park in Van Nuys

The contrast between the natural river and man-made flood protection structure is a precious educational opportunity the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and DakeLuna Consulants is hoping to capitalize on when designing the future Los Angeles River Veteran Tribute Park.

Built USA
02/08/2014

Built USA

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VA WLA 11301 Wilshire Blvd
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90073

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2009-2010, Lauren BOn and the Metabolic Studio's strawberry Aquaponic sculpture on site. 2009-2013 Veterans Print Studio produces the Strawberry Bulliiten newspaper in from bldg 209. The Garden of Defiance, behind Cal Vets has operated since 2010 as a place for veterans and homeless to meet and grown food.

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