Category Benefits

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 […]

Happy Birthday! CalVet celebrates 72 years serving veterans

Veterans coming home from World War I in 1921 reaped the rewards of low-interest farm and home loan financing available through our Farm and Home program, but it wasn’t until 1946 that the Department became a permanent fixture in California. On this day, 72 years ago, the Legislature enacted law creating the department to serve […]

Your Comprehensive Guide to California Veterans Benefits

Are you curious about veteran benefits? Well, we have answers. Whether you’re looking for healthcare benefits, a CalVet home loan or assistance finding employment, our comprehensive 2018 California Veterans Resource Book removes the guesswork, making it easy for you to access the benefits and services you have earned. CalVet’s Veterans Resource Book, which is now available in both digital […]

CalVet Home Loans are good for veterans and the economy

When it comes to veterans benefits, it’s hard to beat our CalVet home loans. Our competitive-interest-rate loans, with little or no down payment, put the dream of home ownership within reach for many veterans who would not qualify for a loan anywhere else. What’s more, the program has not spent a single tax dollar in […]

CalVet to Hold Claims Workshops for Native American and Rural Veterans

Next week, CalVet will hold the first of several specialized workshops designed to assist Native American and rural veterans with applying for local, state, and federal benefits. Native American and rural veterans often face challenges in accessing the benefits they have earned through their service. Last year, CalVet Secretary Dr. Vito Imbasciani visited Native American […]

Veterans: Are you missing out on benefits you’ve earned?

You’re probably familiar with the GI Bill, home loans and healthcare benefits available for veterans. But what about education benefits for your children, career counseling and property tax exemptions? If you are an honorably discharged veteran, you have earned valuable benefits for you and your family. County Veterans Service Officers (CVSOs) can help you determine […]

Plan in Advance for Veteran Burial Benefits

From Arlington, Virginia to Seaside, California, veterans cemeteries stand as a somber tribute to our fallen heroes – the men and women who have served our country honorably over the course of our nation’s history. Offering free burial, memorial and funeral benefits is a way to honor the service and sacrifice of members of the […]

Veteran designation gets an update on new California Driver Licenses

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently announced changes to state driver licenses in adherence with federal mandates. Starting Jan. 22, the DMV will roll out a new REAL ID compliant driver license, which not only sports a new look, but also can be used by travelers at airport security. Your current California driver license […]

Ventura and Los Angeles-area County Veterans Service Offices Stand Ready to Assist Veterans in Fire-Impacted Areas

While multiple fires devastate communities throughout Southern California, there are a number of County Veterans Service Offices (CVSOs) still open, ready to assist veterans. CVSOs typically help veterans to obtain local, state and federal benefits, and assist with filing claims. They can also provide information about CalVet home loans and insurance. If you have a […]

Use Your Driver License as a Veteran ID

If you’re like many veterans, you don’t carry your military discharge papers around with you as proof of your military service. That can be a drawback when you want to confirm that you are eligible for a veterans discount, take advantage of a free meal being offered on Veterans Day or just show off your pride of […]