Veterans Resources

Veterans Resources

Veteran Resources

California is home to nearly 2 million veterans, and Orange County has the fourth-largest veteran population in California, numbering just over 130,000. Our veterans deserve the care they were promised and the benefits they have earned in service to our country. Fortunately, Orange County is home to organizations and agencies that offer a wide range of services, and are dedicated to assisting local veterans.

The following links highlight a number of critical resources and updates that are available for veterans here in Orange County:

State of California Veteran Community Updates:

CAVSA Issues 2019 Annual Report on State of the California Veteran Community: On behalf of the Board of the California Association of Veteran Service Agencies (CAVSA), we are grateful for the opportunity to deliver this 2019 State of the Veteran Community Report to our statewide community. This is our second annual report prepared through the support of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC). CAVSA continues to believe that by working together, with the unparalleled support of public officials and stakeholders, Californians have the unique opportunity to compassionately and competently address the mental health and welfare needs of our veterans and all Californians.

Healthcare Assistance:

Thankfully, there are assisted living options that can help veterans who have disabilities, as well as elderly veterans who need help as they grow older. 

Access to Housing and Education

The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents - The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus for qualified dependents of certain Veterans.

CalVet Veteran Homes - Veterans who are age 55 and above, and discharged from active military service under honorable conditions, are eligible to apply for admission. The age requirement is waived for disabled or homeless veterans needing long-term care.

CalVet Home Loans - If you are ready to buy a home, CalVet Home Loans is here to meet our Veterans' home financing needs.

Employment

General Assistance and Information

SeniorLiving.org Veterans Care Guide This guide is designed to help veterans and/or their surviving spouses determine their eligibility, explain how to apply for benefits and cover the various veteran care options. 

Senior Veterans may also be able to receive assistance through CARING a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. We have been featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes, as well as referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the Internet.

Minority Veterans
The Minority Veterans Division is the California Department of Veterans Affairs model for inters-and intra-agency co-operation, to ensure all Veterans receive equal service regardless of race, origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

Women Veterans
CalVet division for Women Veterans provides information, advocacy, outreach, and support to Women Veterans and their families.

VETERANS RESOURCE BOOK
The California Veterans Resource Book is a comprehensive guide that provides detailed information about the wide variety of the services and benefits available to Veterans and family members. Many benefits and services have been expanded and improved. CalVet’s Resource Book is updated every two years and is available in hard copy and online.

American Legion
Today there is no accurate record of the total number of veterans' organizations, but among them all, none has grown so large or has exercised such wide influence as The American Legion. None is so intimately identified with the word "veteran".

AMVETS
A leader since 1944 in preserving the freedoms secured by America's Armed Forces, AMVETS provides, not only support for veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements, but also community services that enhance the quality of life for this nation's citizens.

Veterans Foreign Wars
The Veterans of Foreign Wars has been a voice for our nation's veterans for more than a century and is the nation's oldest major veteran's organization. To America and the world, the letters "VFW" symbolize volunteerism and community service.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans

Military & Veteran Discounts Guide: The Ultimate List of Stores

The Military Discount Guide is the result of a quarterly survey of brands that offer active-duty military and veteran discounts. Every three months, they independently verify each and every store on this list.

The list is then conveniently broken down into 26 categories, and can also be saved in PDF form and used as the ultimate reference guide for active military and veteran discounts.

Veterans Resources

Federal

Veterans Administration Regional Office
1301 Clay Street, Oakland, CA  94612
800-827-1000
www.va.gov

State

California Department of Veteran Affairs
1277 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
800-952-5626
www.calvet.ca.gov

Local

Orange County Veterans Service Office
1300 S. Grand Ave.
Bldg B, 2nd Flr
Santa Ana
(714) 480-6555
http://veterans.ocgov.com

In addition, my staff and I are always ready to offer assistance on any state issues that you may have. Please do not hesitate to call my offices to speak with a representative:

Capitol Office:
State Capitol - Room # 6012, Sacramento, CA 94249
Phone: 916-319-2065

District Office:

Fullerton Towers - 1440 N. Harbor Blvd. Ste. 270, Fullerton, CA 92835

Mailing address:

PO Box 6256, Buena Park, CA 90622
Phone: (714) 525-6515 

Military Branches

Veterans Resources

Access to BenefitsThrough their service to our country, veterans have earned a wide range of benefits.

However, it can be difficult to verify their service in order to acquire those benefits. In fact, not having proof of military service is one of the biggest obstacles veterans face gaining access to resources, benefits, and services. As such, a new law that I had the privilege of supporting is fixing this problem by adding the word “veteran” to California identification cards.

Starting Nov. 12, veterans can easily prove their eligibility to receive California state and federal veterans benefits without having to carry inconvenient and inefficient papers.

Applying for the veteran driver’s license and ID is easy:

  1. Simply find your military discharge certificate (DD214). If you need help obtaining your military records, then contact your local County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO).
  2. Stop by your local CVSO with your DD214 for verification.
  3. Go to www.dmv.ca.gov, or call the DMV at 1-800-777-0133, to make an appointment. Bring your verified application form, and the small $5 application fee.

You must complete all applicable requirements. The application form certifies the veteran applying for the veteran ID card is from the active armed forces, and was discharged under honorable circumstances.

Your Local CVSO office:
Orange County Veterans Service Office
1300 S. Grand Ave.
Bldg B, 2nd Flr
Santa Ana
(714) 480-6555