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A barber who helps fellow vets heal

He calls himself the Dreamer, and he operates a thriving haircutting business in a ramshackle trailer at the Veterans Affairs campus in West Los Angeles.

By day, he gives veterans free haircuts and a new dose of dignity.

By night, he wanders the streets of Brentwood or rides a bus across Los Angeles, communing with other nighttime denizens, many of whom, like him, are veterans.

“Don’t let them know you’re hurting,” advises Tony Bravo, a.k.a. the Dreamer, a.k.a. the Freedom Barber.

Read Martha Groves’ story, “Barber working at a different clip”


  1. October 2, 2011, 9:07 am

    I; for one; can attest to this being factual because I have lived on the streets with Dreamer as well as living for a brief period at the West Los Angeles VA.

    Dreamer is more than a haircutter/stylist, he is a healer and motivator because he knows and understands the plight of us homeless veterans. He deserves far more recognition than is given here!

    Ruben Garcia

    Homeless Vet

    By: Ruben Garcia
  2. October 3, 2011, 8:14 pm

    Really nice coverage. The Dreamer is doing wonderful work. Nice story to listen to and nice images.

    By: Bilboa
  3. October 11, 2011, 10:06 am

    Tony Bravo has been my barber for almost 15 years. He is a brilliant and modest man who treats everyone with the utmost respect. He is such a giving man who never fails to bring joy and laughter to those who are lucky enough to come in his path. He deserves all the accolades!

    By: Barry

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