CalVet Supports Veterans Living in Fire-Affected Areas

People throughout California are feeling the impacts of more than a dozen major wildfires, whether directly through evacuations and loss of property, or indirectly through smoke-filled skies and hazy conditions.

On July 25, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a state of emergency for Riverside and Shasta counties due to the Cranston and Carr fires. A week later, he declared states of emergency for Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Mariposa counties.

CalVet offers support and assistance as veterans and their families look to get back on their feet.

LAC LucerneOn Friday August 10, a Local Assistance Center (LAC) opened in Lake County to provide recovery resources and benefits information to those impacted by the Mendocino Complex Fire. The LAC is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day through Friday, August 17 and it’s located at Lucerne Alpine Senior Center, 3985 Country Club Drive, Lucerne.

CalVet will be on site at the LAC in Lucerne with Local Inter-agency Network Coordinators (LINC) who will provide veterans with benefits information, answer home loan questions, offer help with service-related documents, and begin any claims processes.

Any veteran needing assistance who is unable to get to a Local Assistance Center near them should call their county veteran service office for help, or visit our wildfires assistance information page.

Representatives from various local, state and federal agencies will be at the Local Assistance Center to provide counseling support, resource and housing assistance, information to aid in rebuilding, help with permits, hazardous materials clean-up support, loss of business or employment assistance and more.

A Disaster Resource Center has also been established in Shasta County at the old K-Mart at 2685 Hilltop Drive in Redding and is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For more information, call 2-1-1 Shasta, or visit www.211norcal.org/shasta.

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