Veterans exemplify the best values of our country and have earned the respect and thanks of a grateful nation.
California is home to nearly two million veterans, more than any other state in the country. While we can never truly repay our debt for their sacrifices, we can work to ensure that our valiant service men, women and their families are provided for with the dignity they deserve.
myCalVet - Provides veterans and their families the opportunity to create a customized profile which targets the benefits, resources, and services available in their community and throughout the state.
VETERANS CRISIS LINE - Veterans and their loved ones can call (800) 273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, or call your local 24-hour mental health crisis line.
FIND A COUNTY VETERANS SERVICES OFFICE NEAR YOU - County Veteran Service Offices (CVSO) are the key agencies in providing California's Veterans with assistance and connection to benefits and services in local communities throughout the state.
Assisted Living - Veterans who are injured in the line of duty face many challenges when they return home, including the inability to live an independent life. Whether fully or partially disabled, many need assistance with daily activities.
Thankfully, there are assisted living options that can help veterans who have disabilities, as well as elderly veterans who need help as they grow older.
- How Assisted Living Supports Disabled and Senior Veterans
- Assisted Living Benefits from the Veterans Administration
- Veterans Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
- Working With A Veterans Benefits Planner
- State-Sponsored Veterans Homes
Access to Housing and Education
The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents - The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus for qualified dependents of certain Veterans.
CalVet Veteran Homes - Veterans who are age 55 and above, and discharged from active military service under honorable conditions, are eligible to apply for admission. The age requirement is waived for disabled or homeless veterans needing long-term care.
CalVet Home Loans - If you are ready to buy a home, CalVet Home Loans is here to meet our Veterans' home financing needs.
Vietnam Veterans of America
US Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Services
California Disabled Veteran Business Alliance
Employment Development Department
State of California
Work for Warriors
Local Veterans of Distinction
Every year, the 56th Assembly District is able to recognize spectacular local veterans by bestowing the honor of “Veteran of the Year” for their valor and continued service to the community.
56th Assembly District Veterans of the Year Recipients:
2019 Veteran Honoree – Lauren Skiver, Thousand Palms; Edward Robles, Indio and Tracy Rascoe, El Centro
2018 Veteran Honoree – Reginald Powell, Indio
2017 Veteran Honoree – Kimberly Vincent, El Centro
2016 Veteran Honoree – Ralph Duarte, Indio
2015 Veteran Honoree – Ramon Castro, Brawley
The California State Legislature has proudly put forth several pieces of legislation to benefit our state's heroes, including measures that will help provide housing for veterans with complex mental health needs, create workforce development opportunities and develop special programs to assist veteran farmers or ranchers.
2017 Veteran Legislation
Click for a snapshot of several important recent veteran policy achievements.