Category Benefits

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 […]

CalVet and Habitat for Humanity Riverside Break Ground on 26 New Homes for Veterans

The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) and Habitat for Humanity Riverside held a public ceremony today to break ground on 26 new homes for low-income veteran families.   The CalVetREN (Residential Enriched Neighborhood) program offers permanent affordable home ownership and family enrichment services, while ensuring the veterans home loan payments don’t exceed 35% of […]

Fire mapping Helps CalVet Serve Home Loan Customers

If you have a CalVet Home Loan and were evacuated or experienced property loss, please contact York Field Services 24-hour hotline at (800) 626-1613 to begin the claim process.  The CalVet homeowner insurance also provides for temporary living expenses for evacuations; please call today. This week, more than a dozen wildfires swept through Napa County, burning […]

CalVet Supports 240,000 Veterans Living in Fire-Affected Areas

According to US Department of Veterans Affairs records, 240,000 veterans live in the counties affected by October’s wildfires. More than 213,000 acres have burned, an estimated 5,700 structures destroyed and 41 people have been killed. 40,000 people remain evacuated. Last week Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Solano County, Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties, and Butte, Lake, Mendocino, […]

County Veterans Service Offices Stand Ready to Assist Veterans in Fire-Impacted Areas

While multiple fires devastate communities throughout California, County Veterans Service Offices (CVSOs) are open 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. In the following counties, offices are open and CVSO staff are […]

Tap into Veterans Benefits and Services: You’ve Earned It!

If you have questions about which veterans benefits are available to you, we have answers. Whether you’re looking for healthcare benefits, a CalVet home loan or assistance finding employment, our comprehensive guide removes the guesswork, making it easy for you to access the benefits and services you have earned.

CalVet Provides Support for Veterans Experiencing or at Risk of Homelessness

Veterans are often disproportionately represented among those ‘at risk’ of homelessness every year, and on any given night, more than 9,600 veterans experience homelessness in California. Despite their service to our country, some have not found their footing in the civilian world and have found themselves on the streets. Additionally, of the approximately 104,000 extremely […]

Parks Department Announces Changes to Distinguished Veteran Pass

Ready for Red Rock? Cruising to Crystal Cove? Eager for Emerald Bay? Hankering for Humboldt Lagoons? If you’re an honorably discharged war veteran with a 50% or greater service-connected disability rating, or a former POW or Medal of Honor recipient, there’s a new way for you to visit each of California’s 118 state parks. The California […]

Governor Signs Bill Offering Treatment Instead of Prosecution for Some Military and Veterans Arrested for DUI

Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed Senate Bill 725, authored by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D – Santa Barbara), clarifying that current and former members of the military who suffer from service-related mental health issues may be diverted to a treatment court in lieu of incarceration when charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Prior […]