California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA)
Assists California Veterans and their families in obtaining benefits, low-cost loans and medical care.
Veterans Claims & Benefits Representation
Assists California Veterans and their dependents in obtaining VA benefits through the process of application and representation of claims.
California Transition Assistance Advisor (TAA)
Serves as a statewide point of contact and coordinator, providing technical support to managers, supervisors, National Guard members and their family members regarding the benefits and entitlements available through the VA.
New Law Offers Alternative Sentencing for California Service Members with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Article discusses the alternative sentencing program for war on terror Veterans suffering from PTSD.
Military HOMEFRONT - California State Resources
Links to advocacy, employment, housing, health care, legal, financial and other resources available to Service Members, Veterans and families in the state of California.
California State Summary of VA Programs & Services
Describes the full range of VA programs, benefits and services available to Veterans and their families in California. Download the VA's California fact sheet.
Wounded Warrior Battalion West
Provides and facilitates assistance to wounded, ill and injured Marines, Sailors attached to or in support of Marine units and their family members throughout the phases of recovery.
California Disabled Veterans Business Alliance
Provides information on how to participate in state contracts for providing goods and services, how to get certified, and whom to contact for assistance. Also offers information on theCalifornia College Fee Waiver (CFW) Program for spouses and children.
Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC)
Links Veterans with a broad range of business services to assist them with starting or expanding a business initiative. The VBOC is a non-profit organization, partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and is a division of Vietnam Veterans of California, Inc. (VVC).
North American Riding for the Handicapped, Inc. (NARHA)
Army Emergency Relief (AER) in California
Find emergency financial assistance to soldiers, Veterans and their dependents when there is a valid need.
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS)
Find NMCRS locations in California provide financial, educational and other assistance to members of the Naval Services, and their eligible family members and survivors.
Swords to Plowshares - Legal Services
Provides free attorney representation, case management and advocacy to indigent Veterans seeking benefits. One of the few organizations in the country that helps Veterans apply for or receive the benefits they deserve.
California Operation: Military Kids
Provides support to Army installations and geographically dispersed military youth who are affected by the global war on terrorism.
Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members
Links critical support services to Veterans seeking jobs, housing, counseling and help within their immediate communities. The Network of Care helps individuals and family members find names and phone numbers of advocates who are in their county and can offer immediate support.
San Diego Armed Services YMCA
Provides support services to military Service Members and their families, including child care, hospital assistance, spouse support services, food services, computer training classes, health and wellness services and holiday meals, among many others. Check out the event calendar.
MySTATE Directories of Services - California
Organizations in California that provide special discounts and services to members of the military community, including directories, locations of programs and services, maps and directions.
Armed Services YMCA - Camp Pendleton
Provides support Service Members and their families, including child care, hospital assistance, spouse support services, food services, computer training classes, health and wellness services and holiday meals.
Operation Homefront - Southern California Chapter
Provides emergency assistance and morale to Service Members, Veterans and their families residing in California.
Twenty-Nine Palms Armed Services YMCA
A non-profit organization located on base that provides support services to military Service Members and their families, including child care, hospital assistance, spouse support services, food services, computer training classes, health and wellness services and holiday meals, among many others.
Vietnam Veterans of California, Inc. (VVC)
Offers community based activities for Veterans and their families. Includes links to four Service Centers and information on other VVC programs.
Offers 24 hour information for community services, health and disaster information, child care, senior services, counseling, food, shelter, job services and much more.
Army Family Readiness Groups (FRGs) in California
Provides a list of Army FRGs located in California, which provide a connection to unit information for spouses and other family members.
Distinguished Veteran Pass Program
Qualified California disabled war Veterans are eligible to receive a Distinguished Veteran Pass, which permits use of all basic State Park System operated facilities at no charge.
California National Guard
Provides services and resources to Service Members, their families and civilians, including state job information, grants and loans, support groups and Veterans assistance.
Northern California Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) Committee Contact List
List of Northern California ESGR Committee contacts. Each committee has trained volunteer ombudsmen who help resolve issues between employers and their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Services may include Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) information, informal mediation and referral services to resolve conflicts.
Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) Locations in California
Provides emergency assistance, education programs and community programs to Airmen and their families.
Mental Health America (MHA) of San Diego County
Provides information on local support groups and consultation to help individuals develop new groups.
San Diego Public Library - Internet Access
The Central Library and all Branch Libraries provide access to the Internet during hours the library is open. Staff members are available to introduce library users to Internet searching.
California Food Stamp Program
Information on the Food Stamp Program, which provides low-income California residents with financial assistance for purchasing food. You apply for benefits by completing a stateapplication form.
U.S. Armed Forces Legal Assistance - California Offices
List of military legal assistance offices in California.
California Directory of Pro Bono Legal Programs
Directory of Pro Bono Legal Programs serving residents of California.
Military Heroes - Laptop Computer Project
Provides laptop computers on wireless networks for each family staying at Fisher Houses at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (AMC), Tripler AMC, Wilford Hall AMC, Brooke AMC, Darnell AMC, Womack AMC and Balboa Naval Medical Center.
California Military Campgrounds
Provides list of recreational travel and outdoor recreational opportunities in California.
Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities
Provides a community resource where seniors and people with disabilities, along with their caregivers and service providers, can easily access a wide variety of important information about issues that affect their lives.
California Client Assistance Program
Provides information, advice and representation regarding programs and services offered by the California Department of Rehabilitation to ensure the protection of rights and access to appropriate services through California's Department of Rehabilitation.
Navy Region Southwest Navy Fleet & Family Support Centers (NFFSC)
Learn about the NFFSC in the Southwest Region, including CA and NV. Services for sailors and families may include family support groups, domestic abuse prevention, ombudsman program, personal finance management, sexual assault prevention and transition assistance.
Governor's Office of Emergency Services
Includes information and resources related to preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. Works with state agencies and local governments on emergency planning efforts.
Veterans Art Alliance of Los Angeles
Provides opportunities for Veterans, both women and men, in the arts, no matter what their background or goals as artists.
Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD)
Southern Caregiver Resource Center
Offers services to family caregivers of frail, older adults or adults with chronic and disabling conditions or disease, such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke, Parkinson's disease, and acquired brain injury, and is for residents of San Diego and Imperial Counties.
Where Communities Serve Veterans
The Southwest Veterans' Business Resource Center, Inc. assists Veterans and Service Members that have served in any military component, and with exception, spouses through outreach and education programs. Provides an online community to serve Veterans with programs that work so they reintegrate into society.
California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA) Veterans Services Field Offices
Lists the contact information and hours of operation for the California Veterans Services Field Offices.
San Diego Parks & Recreation
Locations and information about city parks, golf courses, recreation centers and pools. Learn about the many therapeutic recreation programs and adaptive sports opportunities available.
Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities
Report from the California Department of Rehabilitation to improve California's response to helping persons with disabilities during major disasters.
Challenges Foundation- Scuba Diving Project
Dedicated to teaching wounded and disabled Veterans how to swim, skin and scuba dive. Recent evidence shows the therapeutic value of these activities for persons with disabilities including a most common wound of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
San Diego Therapeutic Recreation Services
The City of San Diego Park & Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS) program provides sports, recreation, leisure and outreach services to San Diegans with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.
California Protection & Advocacy, Inc.
Works to advance human and legal rights of Californians with disabilities through its legal services and advocacy programs.
Assists Veterans in becoming healthy, sober and self-sufficient. Its Operation: Welcome Home Program focuses on OIF/OEF Veterans and their families, offering one-on-one counseling and case management, family counseling, employment assistance and Veterans' benefits assistance.
Association of the United States Army (AUSA) - California Chapters
Links to California Chapters of AUSA, which develop programs and activities that provide community support and serve as liaisons between the Army and local civilian communities.
California Consumers' Guide to Legal Help
Provides California resources for finding legal advice or representation, hiring or using a lawyer, and representing yourself or learning about the law.
North Bay Veterans Resource Center
Provides housing, employment, small business and transition assistance.
Southwest Veterans Business Resource Center
Provides small business, education and mentoring support to Veterans, spouses and their families.
Salvation Army Liberty Program
Serves Veterans and their families who have served or are currently serving in either Iraq or Afghanistan. The program provides counseling, clothing, rental and utility bill assistance among other things.
Disabled Sports USA (DS/USA) California Chapters
List of DS/USA Chapters in California. Established by disabled Vietnam Veterans, DS/USA offers sports rehabilitation programs, including winter skiing, aquatic sports, competition, and special sports events to anyone with a permanent disability.
Southern California Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) Committee Contact List
List of Southern California ESGR Committee contacts. Each committee has trained volunteer ombudsmen who help resolve issues between employers and their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Services may include Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) information, informal mediation and referral services to resolve conflicts.
Sacramento Veterans Resource Center
Provides housing, transitional support, employment and small business development assistance.
San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB) Military Line Program
Provides Service Members and their families with consumer education and advocacy. The program makes your BBB's resources accessible to military personnel and their families in the San Diego and Imperial County areas.
San Diego Active Duty Military Service Organizations Information
Serves San Diego's military community by providing information on organizations that need volunteers and donations, where military families can go for help and links to sites that provide scholarships or educational support to Active Duty military and/or families of Active Duty military.
Veterans Service Organization in Mariposa County
Provides Veterans and their families with information and referral services for military support programs in Mariposa County, California.
San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC)
Non-profit mutual benefit corporation supporting, promoting and representing the common business of the military, its quality of life and the defense industry community in San Diego.
San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation Injured Service Member Program
Offers a wide variety of opportunities for injured Service Members to be introduced to and play adaptive sports, improve overall fitness and promote a healthy lifestyle. Eligible participants include all Service Members, Veterans and dependants of the military.
National Governors Association (NGA)
Provides governors with services that include representing states in Washington, DC on key issues and developing policy reports on innovative state programs. NGA addresses areas that include education, health, and technology and welfare reform. Visit NGA's Web site for information about California state government.
National League of Cities (NLC)
Works to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC also provides contact information for many cities and towns in California to connect you to the programs and services they offer in your community.
North Coast Veterans Resource Center
Provides housing, employment, small business and transition assistance.
National Association of Counties (NACo)