State / Territory Benefits - California

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Summary: California offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemptions, California National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program, Education and Tuition Assistance, Vehicle Tags, as well as Hunting and Fishing License privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status. California National Guard Families may be eligible for assistance from the California Military Family Relief Fund if their household income drops substantially (by 30 percent or more) due to a Family member's extended deployment (at least 100 consecutive days).

 

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

State Taxes:

State Tax Advantage: None

Retired Military Pay: Follows federal tax rules.

Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability brown exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.

VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: VA benefits are not taxable because they generally are for disabilities and are not subject to federal or state taxes.

Military SBP/RCSBP/RSFPP: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.

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Veteran's Property Tax Exemption: The Veterans' Exemption provides exemption of property not to exceed $4,000 for qualified Veterans who own limited property (see Revenue and Taxation Code section 205). The Veterans' Exemption may be claimed by a person currently serving in the military service or one who has been honorably discharged, the unmarried surviving Spouse or either parent of a deceased Veteran meeting the service requirements. In order to qualify for this exemption, the claimant may not own property, real or personal, worth more in aggregate than $5,000 if the claimant is single. If married, the couple may not own property worth more than $10,000. In addition, the claimant must have lived in California on the lien date, January 1.
Eligibility: In order to qualify for the Veterans' Exemption, a person must first be considered a Veteran by the government by meeting certain criteria regarding his or her service as a Veteran. A Veteran means either of the following:

  • A person serving or has served in and has been discharged under honorable conditions and served in any of the following:
    • in time of war
    • in time of peace in a campaign or expedition for which a medal has been issued to the Veteran by Congress
    • in time of peace and because of a service-connected disability was released from active duty
  • Persons from the National Guard or National Guard Reserve who are called into active service as part of the Armed Forces of the United States may also qualify for the Veterans' Exemption.

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Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemptions: The Disabled Veterans' Exemption is available for qualified Veterans to reduce their property tax liability. In order for property to qualify for the Disabled Veterans' Exemption, it must be used as the principal place of residence of the Veteran or the unmarried surviving Spouse of a qualified disabled Veteran. One exception to this requirement occurs when the claimant is confined to a hospital or other care facility and the property would be that claimant's principal place of residence were it not for such confinement, provided that the residence is not rented or leased. The property may be owned by the Veteran, the Veteran's Spouse, or the Veteran and Spouse jointly.
Eligibility: A qualifying disabled Veteran who, due to a service-connected injury or disease, has been rated 100% disabled or is being compensated at the 100% rate due to unemployability, or the unmarried surviving Spouse of the Veteran, may claim either of the following benefits on his or her principal place of residence:

  • An exemption from property taxation on that part of the full value of the residence that does not exceed $100,000, as adjusted for the relevant assessment year (basic exemption); or
  • An exemption from property taxation on that part of the full value of the residence that does not exceed $150,000, as adjusted for the relevant assessment year, when the household income of the Veteran does not exceed $40,000, as adjusted for the relevant assessment year (low-income exemption).

The dollar amounts of the exemption and the income threshold for the low-income exemption are increased annually due to inflation.

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Education Benefits:

College Tuition Fee Waivers for Veterans' Dependents: Waiver of mandatory system wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University or University of California campus. This program does not cover the expense of books, parking or room and board. There are four plans under which dependents of veterans may be eligible.
Eligibility: There are four plans under which dependents of Veterans may be eligible:

Plan A

  • The Child of a Veteran who is totally disabled due to service-connected disabilities or whose death was officially rated as service-connected is eligible. The Child must be over 14 years old and under 27 years old to be eligible. If the Child is a Veteran, then the age limit is extended to age 30;
  • The Spouse or Registered Domestic Partner (RDP) of a wartime Veteran who has been rated as service-connected totally disabled is eligible. There are no age limit restrictions;
  • The unmarried surviving Spouse or RDP of a wartime Veteran whose death has been rated as service-connected is eligible. There are no age limit restrictions;
  • Any dependent of any Veteran who has been declared missing in action, captured in the line of duty by hostile forces, or forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power is eligible.

The Veteran must have served at least one day of active duty during a period of war as declared by the U.S. Congress, or during any time in which the Veteran was awarded a campaign or expeditionary medal. Concurrent receipt of benefits under Plan A and VA Chapter 35 benefits is prohibited. To receive benefits under Plan A, a dependent must sign an "election" statement acknowledging this fact. There are no income restrictions under this plan. To be eligible, the event which caused basic entitlement to benefits (i.e., the date the Veteran died of service-connected causes or the date the VA rated the Veteran as totally disabled as a result of service-connected disabilities) must have occurred prior to the Child's 21st birthday.

Plan B

The Child of a Veteran who has a service-connected disability, or had a service-connected disability at the time of death, or died of service-related causes is eligible. The Child's annual income, which includes the Child's adjusted gross income, plus the value of support provided by a parent, may not exceed the annual income limit. The current academic year entitlement is based upon the previous calendar year's annual income. Under Plan B, wartime service is not required and there are no specific age requirements. Children are the only dependents eligible under this plan. There is no prohibition against receiving concurrent VA Chapter 35 benefits.

Plan C

Any dependent of any member of the California National Guard, who in the line of duty while on active service to the state, was killed, died of a disability resulting from an event that occurred while in active service to the state, or is permanently disabled as a result of an event that occurred while in the service to the state is eligible. Surviving Spouses or RDPs who have not remarried are also eligible.

"Active service to the state," for the purpose of this benefit, means a member of the California National Guard activated pursuant to Section 146 of the Military and Veterans Code. A copy of those orders pursuant to Section 146, not Section 143, must be furnished to establish eligibility.

Plan D

Medal of Honor recipients and Children of Medal of Honor recipients under the age of 27 may qualify. Benefits under Plan D are limited to undergraduate studies only, and applicants are subject to both income and age restrictions. There is no prohibition against receiving concurrent VA Chapter 35 benefits.

Note: All applicants must meet California residency requirements.

Download a copy of the application here.

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Non-Resident College Fee Waiver: The Non-Resident College Fee Waiver waives non-resident fees at all State of California Community Colleges, California State University, or University of California campuses.
Eligibility:

  • A student who is a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in this state on active duty for more than one year immediately prior to being discharged is entitled to resident classification. This classification is valid for the length of time the Veteran lives in this state after being discharged up to the minimum time necessary to become a resident.
  • An undergraduate student who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in this state on active duty is eligible, except a member of the armed forces assigned for educational purposes to a state-supported institution of higher education.
  • An undergraduate student who is a natural or adopted child, stepchild, or Spouse who is a dependent of a member of the armed forces stationed in this state on active duty is eligible.
  • A student seeking a graduate degree who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in this state on active duty except a member of the armed forces assigned for educational purposes to a state-supported institution of higher education, is eligible. There is a two-year limit for graduate-level studies.
  • A student seeking a graduate degree who is a natural or adopted child, stepchild, or Spouse who is a dependent of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in this state on active duty is eligible. There is a one-year limit for graduate level studies.

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California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program (CNG EAAP): The California National Guard Education Assistance Program (CNG EAAP) issues financial awards to qualifying members of the California Army or Air National Guard and State Military Reserve. The grant can pay up to 100% of fees at the Universities of California, California State University and California Community Colleges, and eligible California non-public institutions.
Eligibility:

  • Soldier must be an active member of, and has served two (2) years in the California National Guard (CNG), or the State Military Reserve (SMR);
  • Agrees to remain an active member in the CNG or the SMR throughout the participation period in the CNG EAAP;
  • Agrees to use the award to obtain a certificate, degree or diploma that is not currently held;
  • Has been accepted to, registered at, or enrolled in a qualifying institution;
  • Must maintain enrollment in at least three (3) academic units per term;
  • Agrees to maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) annually;
  • Is a resident of California as determined by the institution (based on resident and non-resident tuition); and
  • Is not receiving a CAL Grant award check for the same academic year.

See the CNG EAAP fact sheet for more information.

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Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.
  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.
  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.
  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.
  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.
  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.
  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Point of Contact:
Jacie Ragland, Education Programs Consultant
CA Department of Education
Address: 1430 N Street, Suite 4503, Sacramento, CA 95814
Email: jragland@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-323-2568

Kate Wren Gavlak, California
MIC3 Commissioner Superintendent Travis Unified School District
Address: 2751 De Ronde Drive, Fairflied, CA 94533
Email: kwrengavlak@travisusd.k12.ca.us
Phone: 707-437-8210

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Employment Benefits:

Veterans Preference in California Civil Service Examinations: Veterans' Preference Points can be added to a Veteran's passing score for qualifying open and open, non-promotional examinations. Qualifying examinations are given on an open basis for a classification where the minimum qualifications require less than college graduation and two years of experience. To determine if the exam being administered qualifies to grant Veterans' Preference Points, please review the examination bulletin.
Eligibility: Veterans' Preference will be awarded as follows, starting on January 1, 2014:

  1. Any Veteran, Widow or Widower of a Veteran, or Spouse of a 100 percent disabled Veteran, who achieves a passing score in an entrance examination, shall be ranked in the top rank of the resulting eligibility list. Any Veteran who has been dishonorably discharged or released is not eligible for Veterans' Preference.
  2. An entrance examination is defined, under the law, as any open competitive examination.
  3. Veterans' Preference is not granted once a person achieves permanent civil service status.

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Employment Assistance: State employee receives 30 days paid military leave per year.
Eligibility: State employee on orders for annual training. GC 19775.1

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Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Program: Certified Veteran owned businesses can participate in the state goal of awarding 3% of all state contracts to disabled Veterans through the Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Program.
Eligibility: To be eligible for certification the business must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 51% unconditionally owned by one or more disabled Veterans or must be 100% unconditionally owned by one or more disabled Veterans if the business is a Limited Liability Company.
  • Have its daily operations managed and controlled by one or more disabled Veterans; the disabled Veteran(s) who manages & controls the business is not required to be the disabled Veteran business owner(s).
  • Have its home office located in the United States; and the office cannot be a branch or subsidiary of a foreign corporation, foreign firm or other foreign-based business.

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Business License Tax and Fee Waiver: A Veteran receives a waiver of municipal, county and state business license fees, taxes and fees, for Veterans who hawk, peddle or vend any goods, wares or merchandise owned by the Veteran, except spirituous, malt, vinous or other intoxicating liquor, including sales from a fixed location.
Eligibility: Honorably discharged Veterans who engage in sales (not services) business activities. Eligibility criteria will differ based upon local jurisdiction. Proof of honorable discharge must be made to the local appropriate county/city licensing authority.

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Unemployment Compensation:

Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments (benefits) are intended to provide temporary financial assistance to unemployed workers who meet the requirements of state law.

Apply online for Unemployment Insurance at eApply4UI or via telephone at 1-800-300-5616

You will be asked to provide basic information about yourself such as:

  • Your name (including all names you used while working) and social security account number.
  • Your mailing and residence address (including ZIP code) and phone number (including area code).
  • Your state issued driver's license or ID card number, if you have either.
  • The last date you worked for any employer. If you are working part-time be sure to tell us you are still working, give us the number of hours you are working each week, and tell us the last day you worked prior to filing a UI claim.
  • Last employer information, including: name, address (mailing and physical location) and phone number. We will also need the ZIP code for both addresses (mailing and physical location) and the area code for your last employer's phone number. Be specific about the spelling of the employer's name and make sure the address is correct because we are required to mail a notice to that employer. An incorrect address will delay benefit payments.
  • Information on all employers you worked for during the 18 months prior to filing your claim, including: name, period of employment, wages earned and how you were paid.
  • The name of the employer you worked for the longest within the last year and a half; and the number of years you worked for that employer. This may or may not be the same as your last employer.
  • The reason you are no longer working for your last employer. You may have quit, been laid off, fired, or left work because of a trade dispute. Be specific about the reason you are not working because the information you give to us must be sent to your last employer. If you quit, were fired, or left work because of a trade dispute, you will be scheduled to a future telephone interview. The information we obtain during the interview will help us decide if you are eligible to receive benefits.
  • Whether you are receiving, or expect to receive any payments from a former employer. We ask about this because some types of payments may be deducted from your benefits. A few examples of payments that may be deducted include wages, pension payments, holiday pay, and vacation or sick pay. Severance pay is not deducted from unemployment insurance benefits and does not affect your eligibility to receive benefits. However, you must report severance pay at the time you file your unemployment insurance claim.
  • Whether you are able to work and available to accept work.
  • Whether you have a legal right to work in the United States. If applicable, individuals will be asked for their alien registration number. For examples of documents we may ask you about, take the time to review Legal Status and Authorization to Work.

Eligibility: An individual who files for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits must meet specific eligibility requirements before benefits can be paid. Individuals must:

  • Have received enough wages during the base period to establish a claim.
  • Be totally or partially unemployed.
  • Be unemployed through no fault of his/her own.
  • Be physically able to work.
  • Be available for work which means to be ready and willing to immediately accept work.
  • Be actively looking for work.
  • Meet eligibility requirements each week benefits are claimed.
  • Be approved for training before training benefits can be paid.

 

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Motor Vehicle Services:

Special Vehicle License Plates: The State of California offers special license plates to honor the service of the following categories of Veterans: 100% service-connected disabled Veterans when the condition is mobility limiting, Medal of Honor recipients, Recipients of other high decorations, Former American Prisoners of War, Pearl Harbor survivors, Purple Heart recipients.

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Motor Vehicle Registration Fees: Waiver of registration fees and free license plates for one passenger motor vehicle, or one motorcycle, or one commercial motor vehicle of less than 8,001 pounds unladed weight.
Eligibility: Medal of Honor recipients, American Ex-Prisoners of War and "disabled Veterans" as defined in the "Disabled Veterans License Plate". The Veteran must provide proof of the awarding of the Purple Heart, Medal of Honor recipients or100% Disabled Veteran status. The surviving Spouse of a former American Prisoner of War or Medal of Honor recipient who has elected to retain the special license plates issued.

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Ex-Prisoners of War: Former American Prisoners of War are eligible for one set of free commemorative license plates.
Eligibility: The Veterans must provide proof that they were Former American Prisoners of War. Upon the death of a Veteran who was issued special license plates, his or her surviving Spouse may retain the special license plates and will be eligible for the fee exemption until the death of that spouseIf there is no surviving spouse, the plate must be returned to the department either (1) within 60 days following that death or (2) upon the expiration of the vehicle registration, whichever occurs first.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor: Any Veteran who was a member of the Armed Forces during Pearl Harbor is eligible for one set of free commemorative special Pearl Harbor Survivor plates.
Eligibility: To qualify for issuance of the special plates, a Veteran must show proof for all of the following: (1) The Veteran was a member of the United States Armed Forces on December 7, 1941, and received an honorable discharge from military service. (2) The Veteran was on station at Pearl Harbor, the Island of Oahu, or offshore within a distance of three miles, on December 7, 1941, during the hours of 7:55 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Hawaii time, as certified by a California chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. Upon the death of the Spouse, the retained special license plates shall be returned to the department either (1) within 60 days following that death or (2) upon the expiration of the vehicle registration, whichever occurs first.

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Purple Heart: Any Veteran who was the recipient of a Purple Heart is eligible for one set of free commemorative special Purple Heart plates.
Eligibility: The Veteran must provide proof of the awarding of the Purple Heart. Upon the death of a Veteran who was issued special license plates, his or her surviving Spouse may retain the special license plates. If there is no surviving spouse, the plates must be returned to the department either (1) within 60 days following that death or (2) upon the expiration of the vehicle registration, whichever occurs first.

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Gold Star Family Plate: These license plates are issued, upon request, to qualified Family members whose relative lost their life in the line of duty while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. This bill authorizes a Family member of a member of the Armed Forces who was killed while serving on active duty in the military to apply for a special license plate at no cost with a design containing a Gold Star and the words "Gold Star Family."
Eligibility: The Family members who qualify under the provisions of this program include: Widow/Widower, Biological Parent/Adoptive Parent, Stepparent/Foster Parent, Biological Child/Adoptive Child, Stepchild/ Sibling/Half Sibling and Grandparent/Grandchild.

Medal of Honor: Any California Veteran who is a recipient of the Medal of Honor is eligible for one set of free commemorative license plates.
Eligibility: The Veteran must provide proof that they were awarded the Medal of Honor. Upon the death of a person issued special license plates his or her surviving Spouse may retain the special license plates and will be eligible for the fee exemption until the death of that spouse. If there is no surviving spouse, the plates must be returned to the department either (1) within 60 days following that death or (2) upon the expiration of the vehicle registration, whichever occurs first.

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Legion of Valor: Legion of Valor plates for Veterans who are recipients of the Medal of Honor, Army Distinguish Service Cross, Navy Cross or the Air Force Cross.
Eligibility: The applicant, by conclusive evidence, shall show that the applicant is a recipient of one of the nation's highest decorations for valor, as specified above. Upon the death of a person issued special license plates pursuant to this section, his or her surviving Spouse may retain the special license plates subject to the conditions set forth in this section. Upon the death of the Spouse, the retained special license plates shall be returned to the department either (1) within 60 days following that death or (2) upon the expiration of the vehicle registration, whichever occurs first.

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100% Disabled Veteran: Waiver of registration fees and free "DV" handicap parking license plates for one passenger motor vehicle, or one motorcycle, or one commercial motor vehicle of less than 8001 pounds unladed weight which permit free parking at all parking meters in the state with no time limit, and allows for parking in handicapped zones.
Eligibility: Service-connected disabled Veterans with any of the following conditions: rated at 100% service-connected disability that substantially impair or interfere with mobility; require the use of an assistive device for mobility; have resulted in the loss of use of one or more limbs; or are permanently blind. Proof of service connected disability required.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Group Insurance: National Guard Association of California offers group life insurance.
Eligibility: Member of Army/Air National Guard.

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Worker's Compensation: Worker's Compensation equivalent to State employees.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member's injury occurs while serving on state active duty.

 

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Parks and Recreation:

Reduced-Fee Hunting Licenses: Reduced-fee hunting licenses are available to any resident or nonresident honorably discharged disabled Veteran with a 50 percent or greater service-connected disability who takes birds or mammals. Certification from the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs is required at the time of application or a copy of a previous year's California Disabled Veteran's Hunting License. The first license must be purchased from a CDFW License Sales Office. Subsequent licenses may be purchased from any license agent or online. The fee is $6.95. Reduced Fee Disabled Veteran Hunting License Application

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Recovering Service Member Hunting Licenses: Reduced-fee hunting licenses are available for recovering Service members. A recovering Service member is defined as a member of the Armed Forces, including a member of the National Guard or a Reserve, who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation, or therapy and is in an outpatient status while recovering from a serious injury or illness related to the member's military service. Submit a letter from your commanding officer or from a military medical doctor verifying your eligibility as a recovering Service member. Please have your commanding officer or military medical doctor include the expected recovery date in your verification letter. This will allow the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to enter this date into our licensing system and allow you to renew your license without submitting another letter from your commanding officer or doctor. Submit proof of hunter education or a copy of a prior year hunting license with your application. Recovering Service Member Reduced-Fee hunting Licenses must be purchased from a CDFW License Sales Office. The fee is $6.95. Recovering Service Member Reduced-Fee Hunting License Application (PDF)

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Reduced-Fee Fishing License: Reduced-Fee Sport Fishing Licenses are available to anglers for $6.95 when one of the following criteria is met:

  1. Any honorably-discharged Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces with a service-connected disability rating of 50% or more. Proof of eligibility from the United States Veterans Administration or a copy of any previous year's license is required. Disabled Veterans who were issued this license through ALDS may renew their licenses at CDFW License Agent, CDFW license sales office or online.
  2. Any recovering Service member. A recovering Service member (Active, National Guard or Reserve) who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation, or therapy and is in an outpatient status while recovering from a serious injury or illness related to their military service. The Service member must submit a letter from their commanding officer or from a military medical doctor verifying their eligibility as a recovering Service member. The commanding officer or military medical doctor should include the expected recovery date in the verification letter. This will allow the CDFW to enter this date into their licensing system and allow the Service Member to renew their license without submitting another letter from their commanding officer or doctor. Reduced-Fee Sport Fishing License Application

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Distinguished Veteran Pass: A lifetime State of California Parks passes for no fee that entitles the holder to the use of all basic facilities (including day use and camping) in California State Park operated units.
Eligibility: Any war Veteran with a service-connected disability rated at 50% or greater, a Medal of Honor Recipient or a former Prisoner of War. To apply by mail, a Veteran should submit: (1) a completed Department of Parks and Recreation Form, (2) a letter from the USDVA verifying a service-connected disability rated at 50% or greater, or former Prisoner of War status (3) a copy of the Veteran's driver's license to verify California residency. Distinguished Veteran Pass Application

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Farm and Home Loans (CALVET): A Veteran receives direct loans from the State of California, highly competitive rates often below market interest rates with low or no down payment that increase the Veteran's purchasing power, quick processing, unbeatable earthquake and disaster coverage, and proven ability to work well with our homeowner Veterans.
Eligibility: All Veterans who served honorably on active duty a minimum of 90 days (not including active duty for training purposes only), whether during wartime or peacetime periods are eligible. There are no prior residency rules--a Veteran may have entered service from outside California. NG or reservists who have been ordered to active duty, including Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) duty are eligible.

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Veterans Homes of California: The mission of the CalVet Homes is "to provide the state's aged or disabled Veterans with rehabilitative, residential, and medical care and services in a home-like environment." This mission acknowledges the tremendous sacrifice California Veterans have made and recognizes them for their noble service to our nation. Currently there are 8 homes ranging in size from 60 residents on a 20 acre site to over 1,000 residents on 500 acres located in Barstow, Chula Vista, Fresno, Lancaster, Redding, Ventura, West Los Angeles and Yountville.
Eligibility: 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.

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Veterans Claims Representation at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) Regional Offices: The Veteran receives professional, accredited, USDVA claims and ratings review, and representation in appellate processes.
Eligibility: Any Veteran, dependent or Veteran's survivor applying for USDVA benefits.

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California Veterans Cemetery: The Northern California Veterans Cemetery (NCVC) is the first state-owned and operated Veterans cemetery in the Golden State. The cemetery serves the Veteran population in eighteen Northern California counties. A Veteran receives complete, professional burial services at no cost to Veteran's Family. Complete, professional burial services for eligible Spouses or dependent Children for a $500 fee. The Yountville Veterans Cemetery is located on 11 acres of oak-covered hills in the northwest corner of the Yountville Veterans Home; this historic cemetery marks the resting place of over 5,700 Veterans and dependents. The cemetery currently accepts only the interment of the Veteran Home's residents and their eligible dependents.
Eligibility: Any eligible Veteran, along with Spouses and eligible dependents, may be interred at the cemetery.

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Military Installations and Veterans Affairs Facilities in California

Active Duty
Army
Fort Irwin

Fort Hunter Liggett

Presidio of Monterey

Air Force
Beale AFB

Edwards AFB

Travis AFB

Vandenburg AFB

Los Angeles AFB

Marines

Camp Pendleton

Twentynine Palms

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

MC Logistics Base Barstow

Navy
Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake

Lemoore Naval Air Station

Naval Base Coronado

Naval Post Graduate School

Naval Base Ventura County

National Guard
California Army National Guard

California Air National Guard

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
63rd Regional Support Command

Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in California


Veterans Health Administration
VA Medical Centers

Fresno: VA Central California Health Care System, 2615 E. Clinton Ave, 559-225-6100
Livermore: Livermore, 4951 Arroyo Rd, 925-373-4700 / Fax: 925-449-6522
Loma Linda: VA Loma Linda Healthcare System, 11201 Benton St, 909-825-7084 / 800-741-8387
Long Beach: VA Long Beach Healthcare System, 5901 East 7th St, 562-826-8000 / 888-769-8387
Los Angeles: VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLA), West Los Angeles Medical Center - 11301 Wilshire Blvd, 310-478-3711 / Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center- 16111 Plummer St, 818-891-7711 / Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center - 351 East Temple St, 213-253-2677
Mather: VA Northern California Health Care System, Valley Division - Sacramento VA Medical Center, 10535 Hospital Way, 916-843-7000 / 800-382-8387 / East Bay Division-Martinez Outpatient Clinic, 150 Muir Rd, 925-372-2000 / 800-382-8387
Menlo Park: Menlo Park, 795 Willow Rd, 650-614-9997
Palo Alto: VA Palo Alto Health Care System, 3801 Miranda Ave, 650-493-5000 / 800-455-0057
San Diego: VA San Diego Healthcare System, 3350 La Jolla Village Dr, 858-552-8585 / 800-331-8387
San Francisco: San Francisco VA Medical Center, 4150 Clement St, 415-221-4810 / 877-487-2838

Domiciliary
San Diego: Aspire Center, 2121 San Diego Ave, 855-297-8397

Outpatient Clinics:
Auburn: Sierra Foothills Outpatient Clinic, 11985 Heritage Oak Pl, 530-889-0872
Blythe: Blythe Rural Health Clinic, 1273 Hobson Way, 760-921-1224 / Fax: 760-921-1247
Capitola: Capitola Clinic, 1350 41st Ave, Suite 102, 831-464-5519
Chico: Chico Outpatient Clinic, 280 Cohasset Rd, 530-879-5000
Fairfield: Fairfield Outpatient Clinic, 103 Bodin Cir, Travis Air Force Base, 707-437-1800
French Camp: Stockton Clinic, 7777 South Freedom Rd, 209-946-3400 / Fax: 209-946-9458
Los Angeles: Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center, 351 East Temple St, 213-253-2677
Los Angeles: VA West Los Angeles Healthcare Center, 11301 Wilshire Blvd, 310-478-3711 / Fax: 310-268-4779
Martinez: Martinez Outpatient Clinic and Community Center, 150 Muir Rd, 925-372-2000
Mather: Sacramento Mental Health Clinic at Mather, 10535 Hospital Way, Bldg 649, 800-382-8387 / 916-366-5420
McClellan: McClellan Dental Clinic - Sacramento, 5401 Arnold Ave, 916-561-7800
McClellan: McClellan Outpatient Clinic - Sacramento, 5342 Dudley Blvd, 916-561-7400
Modesto: Modesto Clinic, 1225 Oakdale Rd, 209-557-6200
North Hills: Sepulveda OPC and Nursing Home, 16111 Plummer St, 818-891-7711 / Fax: 818-895-9559
Oakland: Oakland Behavioral Health Clinic, 525 21st St, 510-587-3400
Oakland: Oakland Outpatient Clinic, 2221 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, 510-267-7800
Redding: Redding Outpatient Clinic, 351 Hartnell Ave, 530-226-7555
Redlands: Redlands Blvd Clinic, 25828 Redlands Blvd, 909-825-7084 x6930
San Diego: Mission Gorge Annex, 4525 Mission Gorge Pl, 619-228-8000 / Fax: 619-228-8030
San Jose: San Jose Clinic, 80 Great Oaks Blvd, 408-363-3000
Seaside: Monterey Clinic, 3401 Engineer Ln, 831-883-3800
Sonora: Sonora Clinic, 13663 Mono Way, 209-588-2600 / Fax: 209-588-2624
Vallejo: Mare Island Outpatient Clinic, 201 Walnut Ave, 707-562-8200
Yreka: Yreka Rural Health Clinic, 101 E Oberlin Rd, 530-841-8500 / Fax: 530-842-9640

Community Based Outpatient Clinics:
Anaheim: Anaheim, 2569 W Woodland Dr, 714-763-5300
Bakersfield: Bakersfield Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1801 Westwind Dr, 661-632-1800 / Fax: 661-632-1888
Chula Vista: Chula Vista Clinic, 835 3rd Ave, 619-409-1600
City of Commerce: East Los Angeles Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 5426 E. Olympic Blvd, 323-725-7372
Clearlake: Clearlake VA Outpatient Clinic, 15145 Lakeshore Dr, 707-995-7200 / Fax: 707-995-7244
Corona: Corona, 800 Magnolia Ave #101, 951-817-8820
El Centro: Imperial Valley, 1600 South Imperial Ave, 760-352-1506
Escondido: Escondido, 815 East Pennsylvania Ave, 760-466-7020
Eureka: Eureka VA Outpatient Clinic, 930 W. Harris, 707-269-7500
Fremont: Fremont Clinic, 39199 Liberty St, 510-791-4001 / Fax: 540-791-4036
Gardena: Gardena Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1251 Redondo Beach Blvd, 3rd Fl, 310-851-4705
Laguna Hills: Laguna Hills, 25292 McIntyre Rd, 949-269-0700
Lancaster: Lancaster Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 547 West Lancaster Blvd, 661-729-8655
Long Beach: Villages At Cabrillo, 2001 River Ave, Bldg 28, 562-388-8000
Merced: Merced Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 340 E Yosemite Ave, 209-381-0105 Fax: 209-381-0107
Murrieta: Murrieta, 28078 Baxter Rd, Suite 540, 951-290-6500
Oakhurst: Oakhurst Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, 40597 Westlake Dr, 559-683-5300 / Fax: 559-683-5303
Oceanside: Oceanside Clinic, 1300 Rancho del Oro Dr, 760-643-2000
Oxnard: Oxnard Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 2000 Outlet Center Dr, Suite 225, 805-604-6960
Palm Desert: Palm Desert, 41-990 Cook St, Bldg F, Suite 1004, 760-341-5570
Rancho Cucamonga: Rancho Cucamonga, 8599 Haven Ave, Suite 102, 909-946-5348
San Bruno: San Bruno VA Outpatient Clinic, 1001 Sneath Lane, Suite 300, 3rd Fl, 650-615-6000
San Diego: Mission Valley Clinic, 8810 Rio San Diego Dr, 619-400-5000
San Diego: Sorrento Valley Clinic, 10455 Sorrento Valley Rd, 858-657-1980
San Francisco: SFVA Downtown Clinic, 401 3rd St, 415-281-5100
San Luis Obispo: San Luis Obispo Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1288 Morro Street, Suite 200, 805-543-1233 / Fax: 805-547-1179
Santa Ana: Santa Ana, 1506 Brookhollow Dr, 714-434-4600
Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 4440 Calle Real, 805-683-1491
Santa Fe Springs: Whittier/Santa Fe Springs Clinic, 10210 Orr & Day Rd, 562-466-6080
Santa Maria: Santa Maria Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1550 East Main St, 805-354-6000
Santa Rosa: Santa Rosa VA Outpatient Clinic, 3841 Brickway Blvd, 707-569-2300
Susanville: VA Diamond View Outpatient Clinic, 110 Bella Way, 530-251-4550
Tulare: Tulare Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, 1050 N. Cherry St, 559-684-8703 / Fax: 559-685-2405
Ukiah: Ukiah VA Outpatient Clinic, 630 Kings Court, 707-468-7700 / Fax: 707-468-7733
Victorville: Victorville, 12138 Industrial Blvd, Suite 120, 760-951-2599
Yuba City: Yuba City Outpatient Clinic, 425 Plumas St, 530-751-4500 / Fax: 530-673-3735

Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Bakersfield: Bakersfield Vet Center, 1110 Golden State Ave, 661-323-8387 / Fax: 661-325-8387
Bonita: Chula Vista Vet Center, 180 Otay Lakes Rd, Suite 108, 877-618-6534 / Fax: 619-479-8539
Capitola: Santa Cruz County Vet Center, 1350 41st Ave, Suite 102, 831-464-4575 / Fax: 831-464-6597
Chatsworth: Chatsworth Vet Center, 20946 Devonshire St, Suite 101, 818-576-0201 / Fax: 818-576-0216
Chico: Chico Vet Center, 250 Cohasset Rd, Suite 40, 530-899-6300 / Fax: 530-891-0102
Citrus Heights: Citrus Heights Vet Center, 5650 Sunrise Blvd, Suite 150, 916-535-0420 / Fax: 916-535-0419
Colton: San Bernardino Vet Center, 1325 E. Cooley Dr, Suite 101, 909-801-5762 / Fax: 909-801-5767
Commerce: East Los Angeles Vet Center, 5400 E. Olympic Blvd, Suite 140, 323-728-9966 / Fax: 323-887-1082
Concord: Concord Vet Center, 1333 Willow Pass Rd, Suite 106, 925-680-4526 / Fax: 925-680-0410
Corona: Corona Vet Center, 800 Magnolia Ave, Suite 110, 951-734-0525 / Fax: 951-734-0063
Culver City: West Los Angeles Vet Center, 5730 Uplander Way, Suite 100, 310-641-0326 / Fax: 310-641-2653
Eureka: Eureka Vet Center, 2830 G Street, Suite A, 707-444-8271 / Fax: 707-444-8391
Fairfield: 4B RCS Pacific Western Regional Office, 420 Executive Court North, Suite A, 707-646-2988 / Fax: 707-646-2960
Fresno: Fresno Vet Center, 1320 E. Shaw Ave, Suite 125, 559-487-5660 / Fax: 559-487-5399
Garden Grove: North Orange County Vet Center, 12453 Lewis St, Suite 101, 714-776-0161 / Fax: 714-748-4573
Gardena: Los Angeles Vet Center, 1045 W. Redondo Beach Blvd, Suite 150, 310-767-1221 / Fax: 310-767-1403
Mission Viejo: South Orange County Vet Center, 26431 Crown Valley Pkwy, Suite 100, 949-348-6700 / Fax: 949-348-6719
Modesto: Modesto Vet Center, 1219 N. Carpenter Rd, Suite 12, 209-569-0713 / Fax: 209-569-0718
Oakland: Oakland Vet Center, 2221 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, 510-763-3904 / Fax: 510-763-5631
Palmdale: Antelope Valley Vet Center, 38925 Trade Center Dr, Suite J, 661-267-1026 / Fax: 661-267-2045
Redwood City: Peninsula Vet Center, 2946 Broadway St, 650-299-0672 / Fax: 650-299-0677
Rohnert Park: Northbay Vet Center, 6225 State Farm Dr, Suite 101, 707-586-3295 / Fax 707-586-9055
Sacramento: Sacramento Vet Center, 1111 Howe Ave, Suite 390, 916-566-7430 / Fax: 916-566-7433
San Diego: San Diego Vet Center, 2790 Truxtun Rd, Suite 130, 858-642-1500 / Fax: 619-294-2535
San Francisco: San Francisco Vet Center, 505 Polk St, 415-441-5051 / Fax: 415-441-5092
San Jose: San Jose Vet Center, 278 North 2nd St, 408-993-0729 / Fax: 408-993-0829
San Luis Obispo: San Luis Obispo Vet Center, 1070 Southwood Dr, 805-782-9101 / 805-782-9097
San Marcos: San Marcos Vet Center, One Civic Center Dr, Suite 150, 855-898-6050 / Fax: 760-744-6919
Temecula: Temecula Vet Center, 40935 County Center Dr, Suite A, 951-302-4849 / Fax: 951-296-0598
Ventura: Ventura Vet Center, 790 E. Santa Clara St, Suite 100, 805-585-1860 / Fax: 805-585-1864
Victorville: High Desert Vet Center, 15095 Amargosa Rd, Suite 107, 760-261-5925 / Fax: 760-241-7828

VISN
Long Beach: VISN 22: Desert Pacific Healthcare Network
Mare Island: VISN 21: Sierra Pacific Network

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Office
Los Angles: Los Angeles Regional Office, 11000 Wilshire Blvd, 800-827-1000

Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
China Lake: China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, Family Service Center
Edwards AFB: Edwards Air Force Base, Family Support Center
El Segundo: Los Angeles Air Force Base, Family Support Center
Fort Irwin: Fort Irwin, Army Career and Alumni Program
Port Hueneme: Point Mugu NAS, Family Support Center
Port Hueneme: Port Hueneme NCBC, Family Support Center
Twentynine Palms: Twenty-nine Palms MCCC, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Bldg 1437 or 29

Regional Office
San Diego: San Diego Regional Office, 8810 Rio San Diego Dr, 800-827-1000

Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
Camp Pendleton: Camp Pendleton, Bldg 13150, Rm 226
Camp Pendleton: Camp Pendleton Wounded Warrior TC, Bldg 278807T, Santa Margerita Rd
Camp Pendleton: Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Lower level Santa Margerita Rd
San Diego: Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, Bldg 5305, Miramar Way
San Diego: Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), 8810 Rio San Diego Dr
San Diego: Naval Base San Diego, 3115 Dolphin Alley Bldg #270, Room 210
San Diego: Naval Medical Center San Diego, Balboa Hospital Bldg 26, #3B

Regional Office
Oakland: Oakland Regional Office, 1301 Clay St, 12th Fl, 800-827-1000

Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
Beale: Beale Air Force Base Hospital, 15301 Warren Shingle Rd
Lemoore: Lemoore Naval Air Station
Travis AFB: Travis Air Force Base, Travis Airman & Family Readiness Center

National Cemetery Administration
Memorial Service Network
Oakland: Oakland Memorial Service Network, 1301 Clay St, Suite 1230 North, 510-637-6270 / Fax: 510-637-6273

National Cemetery
Arvin: Bakersfield National Cemetery, 30338 East Bear Mountain Blvd, 661-867-2250 / 866-632-1845 / Fax: 661-867-2253
Dixon: Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd, 707-693-2460 / Fax: 707-693-2479
Los Angeles: Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 South Sepulveda Blvd, 310-268-4675 / Fax: 310-268-3257
Riverside: Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd, 951-653-8417 / Fax: 951-653-5233
San Bruno: Golden Gate National Cemetery, 1300 Sneath Lane, 650-589-7737 / Fax: 650-873-6578
San Diego: Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Cabrillo Memorial Dr, 619-553-2084 / Fax: 619-553-6593
San Diego: Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Dr, 858-658-7360 / Fax: 858-658-7397
San Francisco: San Francisco National Cemetery, 1 Lincoln Blvd, 650-589-7737 / Fax: 650-873-6578
Santa Nella: San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 West McCabe Rd, 209-854-1040 / Fax: 209-854-3944

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Resources

https://www.calvet.ca.gov/

http://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-alabama-iowa#CALIFORNIA

http://www.va.gov/

http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/allstate_flsh.asp?isflash=&dum=ALL

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/dmv/vr/plates

https://www.calvet.ca.gov/veteran-services-benefits/education

https://www.calvet.ca.gov/calvet-programs/women-veterans

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

http://www.edd.ca.gov/Jobs_and_Training/Services_for_Veterans.htm

http://www.calhr.ca.gov/employees/Pages/military-leave.aspx

http://mic3.net/pages/contact/Map/california.aspx

Document Review Date: 29 October 2014