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 that are available to veterans here in Orange County:

Healthcare Assistance

myCalVet - provides veterans and their families the opportunity to create a customized profile which targets the benefits, resources, and services available in their community and throughout the state.

VETERANS CRISIS LINE - Veterans and their loved ones can call (800) 273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, or call your local 24-hour mental health crisis line.

FIND A COUNTY VETERANS SERVICES OFFICE NEAR YOU - County Veteran Service Offices (CVSO) are the key agencies in providing California's Veterans with assistance and connection to benefits and services in local communities throughout the state.

U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs Database - FIND A VETERANS HOSPITAL OR CLINIC NEAR YOU

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

Vietnam Veterans of America
www.vva.org

Employment Resources
www.vetjobs.com

US Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Services
www.dol.gov/vets

California Disabled Veteran Business Alliance
www.cadvbe.org

Federal jobs
www.usajobs.gov

Employment Development Department
www.edd.ca.gov

State of California
www.calvet.ca.gov/aboutus/Jobs/Default.aspx

Work for Warriors
http://www.workforwarriors.org

General Assistance and Information

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

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:

Sharon Quirk-Silva Capitol Office

State Capitol - Room # 4177
Sacramento, CA 94249
Phone: 916-319-2065
Fax: 916-319-2165

Sharon Quirk-Silva District Office

6281 Beach Blvd, Suite 304,
Buena Park, CA 90621
(714) 521-6505

 

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