Veterans & U.S. Military Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
  • I am a veteran and I'm having trouble finding employment, are there employment resources especially for veterans?
  • There are several employment resources specifically for veterans and U.S. military service members. Just click on Employment to find a list of employment resources such as the Career One-Stop Veterans Center who have specially-trained staff to ensure service members of the U.S. Armed Forces receive maximum employment and training opportunities.

    Veteran and U.S. military service members are granted priority status through the CalJOBS labor exchange system which includes:

        • 24-hour "Veterans Only" hold on all new job orders received.
        • Placement of qualified veterans' resumes before non-veterans' resumes on job order screens that are
          viewed by EDD staff or prospective employers.

    Another resource accessible through this webpage is Hire A Hero USA, which is a non-profit charity networking site that provides information about military-friendly employers.
  • I am a homeless veteran in need of help, who can I call?
  • You can call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at: 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838). The Veterans and U.S. Military Resources webpage provides an array of local agencies that are designed to help homeless veterans and U.S. military service members. For information about programs and services for homeless veterans, please click on Housing to access information on the various agencies that can help.
  • Where can I find rental assistance?
  • You can find organizations that provide rental assistance at Rent Assistance, or by calling the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at: 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838). Vets On The Move, is a public benefit charitable non-profit foundation based in Los Angeles. It provides housing for veterans and U.S. military service members and their families through many options; including low-income tenancy, Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (VASH) and Section 8 housing solutions. Families are provided affordable tenancy and single persons are provided shared living environments.

    For all information about programs and services for rental assistance, please click on Housing to access information on the various agencies that can help.
  • Where can I find emergency shelters?
  • Faith-based organizations such as Salvation Army and Volunteers of America may have a variety of programs to assist you. You may also dial 2-1-1 for additional information.

    Please click on Housing to access additional information on the various agencies that can assist with emergency shelter services.
  • I am homeless and have tickets that I am unable to pay for, where can I go for help?
  • If you have had a history of homelessness, you may be able to clear tickets and warrants for minor offenses such as traffic tickets, infractions, and various minor misdemeanors including jaywalking, riding the metro without a fare, sleeping in public places, illegal use of shopping carts, possession of an open container of alcohol in public, obstructing traffic on the sidewalk, sleeping on a bus bench, as well as any warrants that arise for failure to resolve these offenses handled through the Homeless Court. You may also contact your local County Veterans Service Office for assistance at 213-744-4827.

    Please click on Legal to access additional information on the various agencies that can assist with veteran legal services.
  • How can I get a copy of my Military Discharge DD Form 214, Report of Separation (or equivalent)?
  • Veterans and U.S. military service members and their next-of-kin can obtain free copies of their DD Form 214 (Report of Separation) and other records several ways:


        National Personnel Records Center
        Military Records
        9700 Page Boulevard
        St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

    Veterans and U.S. military service members can also order their Military Discharge (DD214) through the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk office by faxing their application for DD214, Military Discharge to (562) 864-1250 or mailing their request to:

        Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
        12400 Imperial Highway Room 2207
        Norwalk, CA 90650

    The request must be accompanied by a notarized certificate of identity sworn under the penalty of perjury that the requestor is an authorized person as noted above and a photocopy of the requestor's photo identification. You may also visit Other Services and Resources on this webpage for direct links.
  • What application(s) do I need to file to request a correction of my military service record?
  • Veterans or U.S. military service members need to file a DD Form 293, Application for the Review of Discharge or Dismissal from the Armed Forces of the United States, to the Discharge Review Board of the military service branch they served to request a review.

    If the discharge was more than 15 years ago, service members may submit a DD Form 149, Application for Correction of Military Records, to the Board of Correction of the military service branch they served to request a review.

    To obtain more information visit the National Archives and use the "eVetRecs" request system.
  • I receive VA benefits do I qualify for CalFresh?
  • To determine if you may be eligible to receive CalFresh benefits, click on, Pre-Screening Tool. The Pre-Screening Tool is not an application for CalFresh. An application for CalFresh benefits must be submitted at your local CalFresh Office.
  • Do the VA benefits I qualify for depend on what type of discharge I recevied?
  • Yes, your VA benefits depend on the type of discharge you received. Below are the type of discharges issued and a description of the types of VA benefits you may qualify for under each one.

    Honorable Discharge
    The best type of discharge service member can receive is an honorable discharge. This means that the service member met the conduct and performance standards of the military. Under this discharge, service members are eligible for most veteran benefits. Benefits that require an honorable discharge, including:

        GI Bill education benefits
        Military health insurance
        Military retirement
        Military travel benefits


    General Discharge under Honorable Conditions
    The second best type of discharge a service member can receive is a general discharge under honorable conditions. This means that a service member's performance is satisfactory but the individual failed to meet all expectations of conduct for military members. Some examples include: Failure to meet fitness and weight standards, failure to progress in training, and minor discipline problems.

    Just like an honorable discharge, they are eligible for most veteran benefits under this discharge. However, certain specific benefits, such as GI Bill education benefits, are only reserved for service members who receive an honorable discharge.

    Other Than Honorable (OTH) Discharge
    An OTH discharge means that a service member had some serious departures from the conduct and performance expected of a service member. Some examples that can lead to this discharge include abuse of authority, serious misconduct that endangers other members of the military, and use of deliberate force to seriously hurt another person.

    Under an OTH discharge, most service members are not eligible for veteran benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which provides most of the veteran benefits, will examine the circumstances of the OTH discharge to determine whether a service member is eligible or not.

    Service members may also be eligible to receive free or at low cost legal services to help correct the status of their discharge. Please click on Legal to see more information about legal agencies that can help.

    Service members may also submit a DD Form 293, Application for the Review of Discharge or Dismissal from the Armed Forces of the United States, to the Discharge Review Board of the military service branch they served to request a review.

    If the discharge was more than 15 years ago, service members may submit a DD Form 149, Application for Correction of Military Records, to the Board of Correction of the military service branch they served to request a review.

    As a Los Angeles County Resident, service members may be eligible for DPSS Public Assistance programs and can apply for CalWorks, CalFresh, and MediCal and view their benefits online through YourBenefitsNow!

    Needy adults who are ineligible for State or Federal assistance can apply for General Relief benefits at a General Relief Office.


    Bad Conduct Discharge
    A bad conduct discharge is a punitive discharge that is imposed by court-martial. A court-martial is a criminal trial that is conducted by the military. Service members are not entitled to any veteran benefits under this discharge. The VA determines whether services members are eligible for benefits if they receive a bad conduct discharge from a special court-martial.

    Service members may also be eligible to receive free or at low cost legal services to help correct the status of their discharge. Please click on Legal to see more information about legal agencies that can help.

    Service members may also submit a DD Form 293, Application for the Review of Discharge or Dismissal from the Armed Forces of the United States, to the Discharge Review Board of the military service branch they served to request a review.

    If the discharge was more than 15 years ago, service members may submit a DD Form 149, Application for Correction of Military Records, to the Board of Correction of the military service branch they served to request a review.

    As a Los Angeles County Resident, service members may be eligible for DPSS Public Assistance programs and can apply for CalWorks, CalFresh, and MediCal and view their benefits online through YourBenefitsNow!

    Needy adults who are ineligible for State or Federal assistance can apply for General Relief benefits at a General Relief Office.



    Dishonorable Discharge
    Dishonorable discharge is a punitive discharge. A service member may only receive a dishonorable discharge through a General Court Martial conviction for offenses like murder, rape and desertion as part of the sentence. A dishonorable discharge results in a loss of all veterans' benefits and may make obtaining gainful employment difficult.

    Service members may also be eligible to receive free or at low cost legal services to help correct the status of their discharge. Please click on Legal to see more information about legal agencies that can help.

    Service members may also submit a DD Form 293, Application for the Review of Discharge or Dismissal from the Armed Forces of the United States, to the Discharge Review Board of the military service branch they served to request a review.

    If the discharge was more than 15 years ago, service members may submit a DD Form 149, Application for Correction of Military Records, to the Board of Correction of the military service branch they served to request a review.

    As a Los Angeles County Resident, service members may be eligible for DPSS Public Assistance programs and can apply for CalWorks, CalFresh, and MediCal and view their benefits online through YourBenefitsNow!

    Needy adults who are ineligible for State or Federal assistance can apply for General Relief benefits at a General Relief Office.
  • How do I find out about all the benefits that I may be entitled to?
  • The best way to find out about all benefits that you might be entitled to is to register online with the CalVet Reintegration Program or by going to your local County Veterans Service Office.

  • I think that I qualify for VA benefits but the process is taking a long time, do I qualify to receive Public Assistance in the meantime?
  • Yes, veterans and U.S. military service members may apply for DPSS Public Assistance programs while their request for benefits with the VA is processed.

    Los Angeles County Residents can apply for CalWorks, CalFresh, and MediCal and view their benefits online through YourBenefitsNow!

    Needy adults who are ineligible for State or Federal assistance can apply for General Relief benefits at a General Relief Office.

    The DPSS Veterans and U.S. Military Resources webpage lists many resources throughout Los Angeles County to help connect veterans and U.S. military service members and their families to needed services.
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