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Veterans Resource Center
Visit the list of curated resources below to learn about state and federal education, employment, housing, health, disability and other benefits that may be available to you and your family.
Free online education and job assistance for veterans.
CalVet's guide to state and federal education benefits.
GI Bill information about educational advancement opportunities and benefits.
California College Fee Waiver
The California College Fee Waiver program benefits the spouse and children of U.S. veterans. Students meeting the eligibility criteria may get their college fees waived if they attend a California Community College, a California State University, or University of California campus.
CSULB Veterans' Services
Help for veterans and their dependents accessing the educational benefits they earned by serving in the armed forces of the United States.
Troops to College
The California State University offers unlimited opportunities to help Veterans, active-duty service members and their families meet their personal and professional goals. The CSU system has 23 campuses across California.
Troops to Teachers
Troops to teachers is a U.S. Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools.
Going Back to School After the Military
This article from Maryville University provides very useful step-by-step instructions for Veterans interested in going back to school.
Free online education and job assistance for veterans.
California offers a variety of employment services and benefits to veterans who are unemployed or seeking employment including employment services to help you find a job, unemployment benefits for while you are seeking employment, and apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs that pay you while you prepare for a sustainable career.
Career One Stop
Get help while you transition from military to civilian life. Information includes Veterans re-employment, military to civilian job search, and other benefits and assistance.
Feds Hire Vets
Get connected to federal employment information for Veterans, transitioning service members, and their families.
VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
Vocational rehabilitation and employment services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching.
Goodwill Veteran Employment Services
The Veteran Employment Program advisors offers skills assessments, one-on-one career counseling, employment preparation courses, educational and technical skills classes, and work tools as well as access to a host of other partner services including shelter and housing assistance, transportation assistance, medical and dental health services, mental health and substance abuse counseling, Veterans Benefits Assistance and more–all aimed at helping veterans secure meaningful and sustainable employment.
Community Career Development, Inc.
Working with the Vet Center and the EDD, Community Career Development offers work training and career opportunities in Los Angeles County.
Veterans' Internship Program (VIP)
VIP provides paid internships for qualified veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States. The internships were designed to afford veterans with on-the-job training and work experience with the County of Los Angeles that will enable them to effectively compete for permanent County jobs.
We Hire Heroes
Helps U.S. active duty, retired military, transitioning veterans, the National Guard, and Reservists of all branches find work in Los Angeles County.
ZipRecruiter is a free job search engine that connects veterans to thousands of job listings and internships. It also includes other resources like veteran-specific blog posts and career advice.
VA Caregiver Support
The VA has a number of services designed specifically to support Family Caregivers.
Blue Star Mothers of America, Chapter 5, South Bay
Blue Star Mothers Chapter 5 is a military family support organization consisting of military family members and/or friends.
Companions for Heroes (C4H)
C4H provides companion animals obtained from shelters and/or rescues, who might otherwise be euthanized, free of charge to active duty military personnel, military veterans, and first-responders recovering from the psychological challenges they suffered during service to our country.
Pets for Vets, Long Beach
Pets for Vets' goal is to help heal the emotional wounds of military veterans by pairing them with a shelter animal that is specially selected to match his or her personality.
Air Force Aid Society (AFAS)
AFAS is the official charity of the U.S. Air Force. It promotes the Air Force mission by helping "to relieve distress of Air Force members and their families and assisting them to finance their education."
Army Emergency Relief (AER)
AER is the Army's own emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to "Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own." AER provides commanders a valuable asset in accomplishing their basic command responsibility for the morale and welfare of soldiers.
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS)
NMCRS provides financial assistance, interest-free loans, educational scholarships and other support to Navy and Marine families.
VFW Unmet Needs
Unmet Needs is there to help America's service members who run into unexpected financial difficulties as a result of deployment or other military-related activity. The program provides financial aid of up to $2,500 to assist with basic life needs in the form of a grant.
USAA American Legion
Two of the nation's largest military-focused organizations have joined forces to strengthen and support those who served by giving Legionnaires access to USAA's top-rated insurance and financial services.
Coalition to Salute America's Heroes
Coalition to Salute America's Heroes provides disabled American veterans from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom with Emergency Financial Aid and support services.
Veterans Crisis Line
Get connected to confidential help for you or your family. (800) 273-8255 press 1 OR text 838255
CalVet Health Resources
A compiled list of state, county, and federal resources concerning health benefits for Veterans.
VA Long Beach Healthcare System
The VA Long Beach Healthcare System provides for the health care needs of Veterans in the Southern California region.
NAMI Veterans and Military Resource Center
At the NAMI Veterans and Military Resource Center you will find resources, support, and partnerships dedicated to mental health policy, education initiatives and advocacy priorities that impact active duty military personnel, veterans with mental illness and the family members of these individuals.
Traumatic brain injury resource. Brain injury facts, information, symptoms and support. Resources for preventing, treating, and living with brain injury.
Disabled American Veterans
The DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them.
UCLA Operation Mend
UCLA Operation Mend is a program that provides returning military personnel with severe facial and other medical injuries access to the nation's top plastic and reconstructive surgeons, as well as comprehensive medical and mental-health support for the wounded and their families.
Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project is a veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, service and events for wounded veterans.
The Soldier's Project
Provides free, confidential psychological to US military Veterans and their loved ones who have served at any time after September 11, 2001.
Paralyzed Veterans of America
An organization dedicated to Veterans service, medical research and civil rights for people with disabilities.
The WAVES Project is a 501c (3) Non-Profit and has been established to provide an opportunity for American Veterans with service connected disabilities and their families to experience SCUBA diving.
National Call Center for Homeless Veterans
The National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline to ensure that homeless Veterans or Veterans at-risk for homelessness have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors.
VA Home Loans
VA helps Servicemembers, Veterans, and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners. As part of our mission to serve you, we provide a home loan guaranty benefit and other housing-related programs to help you buy, build, repair, retain, or adapt a home for your own personal occupancy.
U.S. Veterans Initiative - Long Beach
U.S.VETS is a private non-profit organization providing housing, employment and counseling services to our nation's veterans, the men and women from all branches of the armed forces who have served their country from World War II to the current conflict in Afghanistan.
Operation Healthy Homecoming
Operation Healthy Homecoming works to find housing rapidly; fund some urgent needs that may cause homelessness; and focus on linking individuals to long-term solutions for health, financial, work and other family needs.
Long Beach Multi-Service Center (MSC)
The MSC provides the following services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness: outreach services, intake and assessment services, case management, as well as referrals to shelters and other social service programs.
Los Angeles County Housing Resource Center
The Los Angeles County Housing Resource Center website strives to bring new information and tools for assisting homeless veterans and their families find affordable housing throughout Los Angeles County.
Habitat for Heroes
Habitat for Heroes is an outreach initiative seeking to assist, engage, mobilize and educate military members and veterans about our programs and services.
Coalition to Salute America's Heroes (CSAH)
The CSAH offers Emergency Financial Aid to disabled American Veterans from Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom in the form of financial assistance with utility bills, car payments, mortgage/rent, groceries, school supplies and medical bills.
HomeStrong's Heroes Program
HomeStrong USA acquires vacant properties, rehabilitates them, and sells them to Veterans. They also help with loan modifications, buyer education and down payment assistance.
VA Legal Help for Veterans
Some VA facilities host non-VA legal service providers that can assist Veterans free of charge.
Public Counsel's Center for Veterans' Advancement (CVA)
CVA provides legal representation to veterans and their families at both the local and national levels.
National Veterans Legal Service Program (NVLSP)
NVLSP is a nonprofit organization that assists Veterans and active duty personnel obtain the federal benefits they are entitled to.
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA)
NLSLA's Veterans Initiative is a collaborative effort to address veterans' legal needs and increase their access to VA benefits and support services.
CalVet's Minority Veterans Division advocates on behalf of minority and LGBT Veterans. They promote the use of VA benefits, programs, and services. Contact them at (916) 653-1402.
AFLA Legal Services Locator
Helps locate active duty legal activities offering general legal services.
Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
LACBA's Veterans Project works to identify and address opportunities to assist veterans, active military personnel and reservists with their legal needs. The program will initially target veterans who are unemployed and at risk of homelessness by offering legal services, clinics, and self-help workshops in the areas of: Clearing Outstanding Tickets and Warrants, Reinstating California Driver Licenses, and Expungements: Clearing Criminal Record for Employment.
Military OneSource is a confidential Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life.
The Veterans Resource Center is made possible through a partnership with CalVet, the California Department of Veterans Affairs, and is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.
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