Veterans Resources

Veterans Resources

Through their service to our country, veterans have earned a wide range of benefits.

However, it can be difficult to verify their service in order to acquire those benefits. In fact, not having proof of military service is one of biggest obstacles veterans face gaining access to resources, benefits, and services. As such, a new law that I had the privilege of supporting is fixing this problem by adding the word "veteran" to California identification cards.

Starting this November 12, 2015 veterans can easily prove their eligibility to receive state and federal veterans benefits without having to carry inconvenient and inefficient papers.

Applying for the veteran driver's license and ID is easy:

  1. Simply find your military discharge certificate (DD214). If you need help obtaining your military records, then contact your local County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO).
  2. Stop by your local CVSO with your DD214 for verification.
  3. Go to dmv.ca.gov, or call the DMV at 1-800-777-0133, to make an appointment. Bring your verified application form, and the small $5 application fee.

You must complete all applicable requirements. The application form certifies the veteran applying for the veteran ID card is from the active armed forces, and was discharged under honorable circumstances.

Our Local CVSO offices:

County of Riverside Department of Veterans' Services
44-199 Monroe Street
Indio, CA 92201
(800) 481-2101
(760) 863-8266
(760) 863-8478

Ralph Duarte, Vet Rep, U.S. Army (760) 863-8477
Jon Dagneau, Veterans Representative, U.S. Air Force (760) 863-8470

County of Imperial Department of Veterans' Services
2695 S. 4th St.
El Centro, CA 92243
Roberto Avila- Veteran Service Officer/ Phone (760) 337-5018
Lorena Lacar- Veteran Representatives/ Phone (760) 337-5012

OFFICE HOURS: CLOSED FRIDAYS
Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:00p.m.

Veterans Resources

Many times, veterans are not aware of the many resources and benefits available to them upon their discharge from service. As your State Assemblymember, I am committed to connecting veterans and their families with these services.

Whether you have been separated from service for many years, or have just recently come home, I invite you to take a look at my Veterans Resources page on my website or visit one of my district offices in the Coachella or Imperial Valley.

Our staff will help you connect with the proper agencies and organizations that can direct you to the benefits you've earned and deserve.

I hope you find these resources helpful.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

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Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia
State Assemblymember, 56th District


Helpful Links for Veterans and their Families

Veterans Crisis Line
(800) 237-8255 or TEXT 838255

Find a Country Veterans Service Office Near You

State of California Information

Federal Government Information

Employment Assistance


Coachella Valley Veteran Resources

County of Riverside Department of Veterans' Services
44-199 Monroe Street
Indio, CA 92201
(800) 481-2101
(760) 863-8266
(760) 863-8478

Ralph Duarte, Vet Rep, U.S. Army (760) 863-8477
Jon Dagneau, Veterans Representative, U.S. Air Force (760) 863-8470

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:00AM – 5:00PM
http://veteranservices.co.riverside.ca.us/opencms/

Palm Desert VA Clinic
41-990 Cook St, Bldg F Ste 1004
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 341-5570

American Ex-Prisoners of War (Coachella Valley Chapter)
37231 Turnberry Isle Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 202-1329
Commander: Morton Gollin

The American Legion
Indio
Herman Granados, CA Post 739
44200 Sun Gold Street
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 347-4710
Commander: Steven Waggoner

The AMVETS
Palm Springs Post 66
P.O. Box 5163 Palm Springs, CA 92263
(760) 835-8027
Point of Contact: Phillip Watts Email: pwamvets66@aol.com

Disabled American Veterans
Palm Desert Chapter, Indio #78
(760) 360-0396
Point of Contact: Seymour "Sy" Kaplan
Meeting Time & Location:
1st Tuesday at 5:00pm
Coco's Restaurant
78375 Varner Road, Suite 6027
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Phone: (760) 360-9045

Community College Veteran Services
College of the Desert
Point of Contact: Donnie Prince
43-500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
DPrince@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7286
(760) 773-2536
http://www.collegeofthedesert.edu/students/vs/Pages/default.aspx

Palo Verde College
One College Drive
Blythe, CA 92225
(760) 921-5536
http://www.paloverde.edu/current-students/veterans/default.aspx


Imperial Valley Veteran Resources

One Stop-Business and Employment Services-Veterans Affairs
1550 W. Main St.
El Centro, CA 92244-3187
(760) 339-2722, FAX (760) 339-2374
Manager – Dania Luna
Veterans Services Supervisor – Cathy Vizcarra (760) 339-2719

Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER)
Len McCalister (760) 339-2711
E-Mail: Lenis.McCalister@edd.ca.gov

Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP)
Carleton Bradley (760) 339-2746
E-Mail: Carleton.Bradley@edd.ca.gov

Imperial County VA Outpatient Clinic
1600 S Imperial Ave, El Centro, CA 92243
Phone (760) 352-1506
Fax (760) 371-9375

County of Imperial Department of Veterans' Services
Roberto Avila- Veteran Service Officer/ Phone (760) 337-5018
Email: RobertoAvila@icwdo.org
Lorena Lacar- Veteran Representatives/ Phone (760) 337-5012
Email: Llacar@icwdo.org
Location: 2695 S. 4th St. El Centro, CA 92243
OFFICE HOURS: CLOSED FRIDAYS
Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:00p.m.

TRANSPORTATION for Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
DAV Van Ride to VA Medical Center, San Diego, CA.
(760) 355-8620/or DAV Transportation Carolyn Jackson (858) 552-7470

Transportation Details for DAV
From Imperial County to Mission Valley VA Clinic and La Jolla VA Regional Medical Center
Requires a scheduled appointment and a 10 day advance notice

Toll Free: 1-858-552-7470 For Non-Wheelchair accessible
Toll Free: 1-858-552-7575 For Wheelchair or other ambulatory needs

Pick-up Points for DAV (No Home pickup):
1. Imperial County Airport
2. Rite-Aid Pharmacy at the Imperial Valley Shopping Center located on the Corner of Main St. and Imperial Ave. (By Burger King), El Centro, CA.

AMERICAN LEGION
Boyce Aten Post 25 (El Centro)
569 Broadway, El Centro, CA 92243
Contact: Tracy Roscoe (760) 352-2964
Meets 2nd Tuesday at 1900

Brawley Post 60 (Brawley)
509 G Street Brawley, CA 92227 (760) 344-3175
Meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month at 1900
Contact: Lee Quarcelino (760) 996-1147 or Jason Rodriguez

Goree Lake Post 90 (Calexico)
310 Rockwood Avenue, Calexico, CA 92231
Mailing: P. O. Box 648, Calexico, CA 92231
Meets at the Elks Club, 4th Friday of the month at 1830
Contact: Joe Vidiola (760) 357-1789/
(Joe Vidiola Cell) (760)222-8039
Mike Mendoza (760) 592-1368
Frank Pacheco (760) 554-
8915

Calipatria Post 135 (Calipatria)
P. O. Box 52, Calipatria, CA 92233
Meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 1930 at Community Center Calipatria

Bradley Keffer Post 138 (Holtville)
P. O. Box 836, Holtville, CA 92250
Meets the 1st Monday of the month at 1900 at 6th and Cedar Street, Holtville, CA
Contact: Andrew Lowenthal (760) 356-0720