State / Territory Benefits - California

Tweet
Share

State Taxes 
Education Benefits 
Employment Benefits
Unemployment Compensation
Special Vehicle License Plates and Registration
Health and Insurance Benefits
Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Miscellaneous Benefits
Resource Locator
VA Medical Facilities
Resources

 

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

Learn more

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.

Learn more

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, 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.

Learn more 

Back to top

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.
Eligibility: The Spouse, registered domestic partner, or unmarried surviving Spouse of a Veteran who is totally service-connected disabled, or who has died of service-connected causes may qualify; the child (under the age of 27) of a parent who is a disabled Veteran (0% or more disabled). If the child is a Veteran, than the age limit is extended to age 30. The child of a Veteran who has a permanent service-connected disability income and value of support provided by a parent cannot exceed the national poverty level. All students must meet California residency requirements.

Learn more

Non-Resident College Fee Waiver: Waiver of non-resident fees (pay at California resident rate) at all State of California Community Colleges, California State University or University of California campuses for the length of time necessary to become a California resident for tuition purposes (a one-year period commencing immediately after discharge). This one-year waiver after the military person's discharge allows the time necessary to establish residence for tuition purposes. After the one-year waiver period, the student would have to provide evidence as to his or her California residence.  
Eligibility: Student who is a Veteran of the armed forces of the U.S. stationed in this state on active duty for more than one year immediately prior to seperation from the armed forces is entitled to resident classification for the length of time he or she lives in this state after being discharged up to the minimum time necessary. An undergraduate student who is a member of the Armed Forces of the U.S. 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. An undergraduate student who is a natural or adopted child, stepchild or Spouse who is a dependent of a member of the armed forces of the U.S. stationed in this state on active duty. A student seeking a graduate degree who is a member of the Armed Forces of the U.S. 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. 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 armed forces of the U.S. stationed in this state on active duty. There is a one-year limit for graduate level studies. NOTE: Veterans who leave the state for more than one year following discharge are no longer eligible, and would be subject to out of state fees.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

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

Learn more 

Back to top

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:

  • Eligible Veterans will receive an additional 10 points to the final passing score received on qualifying examinations pursuant to Government Code 18978.
  • Eligible disabled Veterans will receive an additional 15 points added to the final passing score received on qualifying examinations pursuant to Government Code 18978.
  • Eligible widows/widowers of Veterans, and Spouses of 100% disabled Veterans will receive an additional 10 points added to the final passing score received in qualifying examinations pursuant to Section 18973.
  • Eligible widows/widowers of National Guard Veterans, and Spouses of 100% disabled National Guard Veterans will receive an additional 5 points added to the final passing score received on a qualifying examination, pursuant to Section 18973.1.

Learn more

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

Learn more

Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Opportunities (DVBE): 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.

Learn more

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. Proof of honorable discharge must be made to the local appropriate county/city licensing authority.

Learn more 

Back to top

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 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.
  • If you were in the Military during the last 18 months, have your DD 214 Member 4 available
  • 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.

Learn more

 Back to top

 

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.

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 8001 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.

Learn more

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. 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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

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. 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.

Learn more

Gold Star: On September 26, 2008 Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 1455 - the Gold Star Family License Plate bill. This bill authorizes the California Department of Veterans Affairs to sponsor a Gold Star Family specialized license plate program and waives the 7,500 minimum applications requirement. 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." 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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

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. 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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

Back to top

Health and Insurance Benefits:

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

Learn more

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

Learn more

Back to top

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

Learn more

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)

Learn more

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

Learn more

 

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 Congressional 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

Learn more

Back to top

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.

Learn more

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 6 homes ranging in size from 60 residents on a 20 acre site to over 1,000 residents on 500 acres located in Yountville, Barstow, Chula Vista, Lancaster, Ventura and West Los Angeles. Coming soon are Veteran Homes in Redding and Fresno.
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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

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.
Eligibility: Any eligible Veteran, along with Spouses and eligible dependents, may be interred at the cemetery.

Learn more 

Back to top

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 10535 Hospital Way, 916-843-7000 / 800-382-8387 / East Bay Division-Martinez 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, 858-642-6441

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
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, 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
Merced: Merced Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, 340 E Yosemite Ave, 209-381-0105 / Fax: 209-381-0107
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
Oceanside: Oceanside, 1300 Rancho del Oro Dr, 760-643-2000
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 Diego: Mission Valley, 8810 Rio San Diego Dr, 619-400-5000  
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
Tulare: Tulare Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, 1050 N. Cherry St, 559-684-8703 / Fax: 559-685-2405
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, 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
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, 510-791-4000 / 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 
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
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 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 
Ukiah: Ukiah VA Outpatient Clinic, 630 Kings Court, 707-468-7700
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
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
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
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
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
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 / 310-268-4494 / 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, P.O. Box 6237, 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 / 650-589-1646 / Fax: 650-873-6578
Santa Nella: San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 West McCabe Rd, 209-854-1040 / Fax: 209-854-3944

Learn more

Back to top

Resources

http://www.calvet.ca.gov/

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

http://www.va.gov/

http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/allstate_flsh.asp?isflash=&dum=ALL

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/plates/specialrecogplates.htm

http://www.calvet.ca.gov/Files/VetServices/Veterans_Resource_Book.pdf

http://www.cdva.ca.gov/VetServices/Education.aspx

http://www.calvet.ca.gov/Resources/Women.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: 31 October 2013