Volunteers of America Los Angeles (VOALA) is proud to announce Christina Rheingold, Program Manager II of Veteran Peers Access Network (VPAN) has been selected as one of The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) Women Veterans Advocates of the Year (2021).
Each year CalVet recognizes several California Women Veterans and community leaders for their leadership and significant contributions to military and Veteran communities.
Although Christina is not a veteran herself, she is a great niece, granddaughter, cousin, and sister to Veterans in her family. After studying Military Social Work, she quickly realized she wanted to provided services in a way that would help and support her own family.
Christina was hired by Volunteers of America Los Angeles (VOALA) as a clinical case manager (CCM) for HUD VASH in 2016, then lead CCM in 2017, to support homeless veterans secure permanent housing. In 2018 she was hired as Program Liaison, working alongside the Director and Assistant Director of Veteran Services, to help support all VOALA Veteran Service programs to uphold contractual agreements with funders, open and close Veteran programs, create policy and Standard Operation of Procedures for various Veteran programs and more.
2020 was the year she was provided with the opportunity to become Program Manager II for VOALA’s Veteran Peer Access Network (VPAN), to link Veterans and Military Families to resources efficiently with added support to empower, educate, and overcome the barriers to locating and utilizing community services.
Upon hearing the news, Christina shared, “I am honored to be recognized by CalVets and to be among the many others in the community that helps and supports Veterans and their families get the services they deserve.”
The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) works to serve California Veterans and their families in California. With nearly 1.6 million veterans living in the State, CalVet strives to ensure that its veterans of every era and their families get the state and federal benefits and services they have earned and deserve as a result of selfless and honorable military service.
Veteran Peers Access Network (VPAN) is the first-ever community-driven support network serving veterans and their families in the U.S., The Veteran Peer Access Network (VPAN) connects County departments, non-profits, the VA and L.A. City Programs. Led by veterans for veterans, VPAN helps navigate often complicated systems so that you receive the services you deserve.