City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 11102021
Long Beach Public Library Spotlights VetNow, a Free Digital Resource for Military Veterans
Christine Hertzel
Automated Services Manager,
Long Beach Public Library

Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) showcases different digital resources each month, and this month’s spotlight — just in time for Veterans Day — is on Brainfuse’s VetNow, which provides live veteran-to-veteran guidance to help current and former military personnel and their families apply for the benefits they are eligible for as well as advice and resources to transition to civilian life. 

“Serving our veterans is always a high priority for Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This month we’re excited to highlight VetNow, an important library resource that provides expert assistance and reliable information for veterans in our community.”

VetNow navigators help veterans and their families understand and apply for local, state and federal benefits, ranging from housing and healthcare to education, mental health and more. The program also offers assistance and guidance for those transitioning from military to civilian careers, helping translate military skills for civilian job roles, restructure resumes and practice interviewing. VetNow also features college preparation and academic tools, including live online tutoring, video lessons, comprehensive practice tests and more.

VetNow is provided digitally to public libraries across California by the California State Library. Access is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. 

“VetNow is an important resource designed exclusively for our men and women that have served our country. We are pleased to be able to offer it to our veterans,” said Library Director Glenda Williams. “The ongoing support of the California State Library to provide this service is appreciated.” 

To use VetNow and connect with a veteran navigator or find resources, go to VetNow can be used within library branches or anywhere the internet is available. Live navigators are available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with other services available 24/7.

About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health and Human Services; Parks, Recreation and Marine; Development Services; Public Works and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, 12 libraries, five golf courses, 169 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Public Library
Long Beach Public Library, founded in 1896, serves a diverse urban city of close to half a million people. The Long Beach Public Library system includes Billie Jean King Main Library and eleven neighborhood libraries and a vibrant online presence. In summer of 2017, the Long Beach Public Library was awarded the National Medal for Library and Museum Services in recognition of successful community-collaborations, innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and literacy-focused programs to the residents of Long Beach. With an emphasis on providing free and equal access to information and support for learning for a lifetime, the Library offers books, media, databases, Internet access, Family Learning Centers, makerspaces, and a variety of events ranging from story times to educational and cultural programs.

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