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Health Services
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If you need IMMEDIATE/EMERGENCY help for medical, mental health, or crisis concerns, please call 911 or contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. You do not need to be enrolled in the VA to access IMMEDIATE help from your local 911 Center or the Veterans Crisis Line.

Veteran Crisis Helpline

The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available. 

Department of Veterans Affairs – Veterans Health Administration

This site allows the veteran to apply on-line for Veteran Administration health care benefits.  The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 150 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI provides assistance to active-duty troops, veterans, and their families in accessing medical and behavioral health services, educational training, housing, and obtaining benefits.

Health Care for Veterans            

Health Care for Veterans provides veterans with information on medical benefits, health care, health programs, and preventive vaccinations.             

Veteran's Health Care Overview (Military.com)

The Veteran's Health Care Overview provides a summary of veteran's health care programs, eligibility, and other programs for veterans and their families.

Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural Mesothelioma provides current, reliable data on all topics relating to pleural mesothelioma cancer and offers several resources to those coping with the pulmonary cancer, from treatment options to top doctors and the best cancer centers in the United States.

Housing Resources
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American Red Cross Los Angeles Region

The American Red Cross provides quality services to the men, women, and families of our U.S. Armed Forces through chapter caseworkers, both employees and volunteers. Basic services include: problem solving and crisis intervention, emergency communication between veterans and their families, assistance with grants for veterans and their dependents for emergency travel or housing.

City of Los Angeles Housing Department

The city’s Affordable Housing Roster contains properties that have been built or rehabilitated with public funding, created through land-use concessions, or with other local, state and federal financing. To inquire about vacancies and income or other occupancy restrictions, call the property's listed phone number. Please note they do not provide rental applications and that these properties may not have vacancies or will have lengthy waiting lists.

Los Angeles County Housing Resource Center

The Los Angeles County Housing Resource Center website strives to bring new information and tools for assisting homeless veterans and their families find affordable housing throughout Los Angeles County.

Foundation for Women Warriors

This agency provides support in the form of housing assistance, resource and referral services, and home visits for women veterans and survivors of veterans. Services include housing subsidies, emergency subsidies, home visits, advocacy, and a ‘care’ club to provide basic living necessities and transitional items for women.

Rent Assistance

Rent Assistance is a free online database of agencies and organizations that will help you pay your rent. Some listings are government organizations other are non-profits and charities throughout Los Angeles County that offer rental assistance programs for low income persons in need. Each organization has its own eligibility rules and conditions and you are encouraged to call directly to find out what you need to do.

Southern California Salvation Army

The Salvation Army provides services for veterans in the areas of housing, employment, and supportive services.                               

U. S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

This website provides links and contact information for many of the organizations that impact and serve veterans nationally.  HUD Vet facilitates collaboration among Federal agencies and veteran-serving organizations regarding programs for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.  HUD Vet’s State and Local Resources directory assists the coordination of community-based Continuum of Care services for homeless veterans.

Weingart Center Association

The Weingart Center Association provides men and women with the skills, resources and hope they need to break the cycle of homelessness and lead self-sufficient lives. They offer a secure living environment and have numerous residential programs tailored for homeless veterans.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) founded the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline to ensure that homeless Veterans or Veterans at risk for homelessness have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. The hotline is intended to assist homeless Veterans and their families, VA Medical Centers, federal, state and local partners, community agencies, service providers and others in the community. To be connected with a trained VA staff member call 1-877-4AID VET (877-424-3838).

VA Loans

VA Loans specialize in getting VA mortgage loans. They offer a full menu of loan products focused on meeting the home financing needs of active and inactive duty military across the country.

The Vet Hunter Project

The Vet Hunter Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness for all military veterans/families, and individual Americans. They provide housing and resources to the veterans.

Villages at Cabrillo VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic

The Villages at Cabrillo is a unique residential community offering transitional housing for homeless veterans, families, and youth. This 26-acre facility is administered by the United States Veterans Initiative.

Veterans United Home Loans

Veterans United Home Loans is the nation's largest dedicated provider of VA Loans dedicated to making the American dream of homeownership a reality for those who so bravely served.  Their passionate, hard-working team is committed to exceeding expectations by providing a wealth of helpful information and providing personal, specialized knowledge and support. They proudly recognize the honor of military service, so when you're ready to purchase a home, they'll be proud to serve you.

Legal Resources
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Proposition 47 Information -The Superior Court of California – County of Los Angeles

On November 4, 2014, the California Voters passed Proposition 47, also known as "The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act."  The new law changes sentences for low-level nonviolent crimes such as simple drug possession and petty theft from felonies to misdemeanors.  This website provides an overview of Proposition 47, answers question and provides helpful links and resources. 

Disabled American Veterans

Disabled American Veterans assists veterans and their families in filing claims for VA disability compensation and pension; vocational rehabilitation and employment; education; home loan guaranty; life insurance; death benefits; health care and much more. All services are provided free of charge.

Inner City Law Center

Inner City Law Center serves the poorest and most vulnerable individuals and families in Los Angeles County. They provide a range of legal representation and social service advocacy focused on housing and homelessness, benefits assistance, and homeless veterans.

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)

The Veterans Justice Center (VJC) is a special program of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. VJC is dedicated to honoring and protecting low-income veterans and their families through high-quality legal assistance and representation, as well as clinical case management services, to maintain economic security, promote housing stability and remove barriers to employment and self-sufficiency. VJC advocates on behalf of low-income veterans in a range of civil legal services, including government benefits, housing and eviction defense, record expungement and citation defense, family law, employment law and other consumer law matters.

LawHelpCalifornia.org 

LawHelpCA provides low-income Californians with easy online access to basic legal resources and attorney information. LawHelpCA DOES NOT provide direct legal services. LawHelpCA provides a clear and simple portal to quality legal services referrals and legal self-help information for veterans.

PATH - Los Angeles Street or Services (SOS) Program

The SOS Program is a pilot program that is designed as a structured alternative to the traditional court system that provides individuals who are processed for non-violent, non-drug-related issues to have the option of choosing a social service approach or to return to the traditional court system.

Patriotic Hall Legal Assistance Center

The Patriotic Hall Legal Assistance Center is a one-stop drop-in legal clinic for veterans. Creation of this one-stop shop is truly innovative as it brought together multiple legal service providers, including LAFLA, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Levitt & Quinn, Loyola Law School, as well as the Los Angeles Law Library, to provide daily legal assistance to veterans at a Los Angeles County veteran services site — something that had never been done in Los Angeles County.

Public Counsel Law Center

Public Counsel's Center for Veterans Advancement (CVA), a national leader in veteran's advocacy, provides direct representation, or representation through pro bono partners, to veterans and their families.  CVA provides legal representation at both the local and national levels and coordinates its work with efforts underway to establish special "Veterans' Courts" in Northern and Southern California designed to meet the unique needs of returning veterans.

United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claim

The Court provides veterans an impartial judicial forum for review of administrative decisions by the Board of Veterans' Appeals that is adverse to the veteran-appellant's claim of entitlement to benefits for service-connected disabilities, survivor benefits and other benefits such as education payments and waiver of indebtedness.

Veterans Court (Los Angeles County)

The Veterans Court allows veterans who suffer from mental health problems stemming from U.S. military service to receive treatment as an alternative to incarceration for nonviolent felonies. Veterans Court will provide eligible defendants the opportunity to participate in mental health and substance use disorder treatment programs specifically designed for veterans.

Veterans Court (Orange County)

Veterans Court offers a therapeutic alternative and support services to U.S. military service personnel who become involved with the criminal justice system, and who need effective mental health treatment to address issues, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder "PTSD", Traumatic Brain Injury "TBI" and other serious mental health problems. Veterans Court, which opened in November 2008 at the Community Court building, is a collaborative partnership with the Veterans Administration, which has funded a full-time case manager, and with other State and local veteran service providers.

Other Resources

eBenefits

This site is the result of a collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD). We serve Veterans, service members, Wounded Warriors, their family members, and their authorized caregivers.  The Commission recommended the creation of a Web portal that would provide service members, veterans, their families, and authorized caregivers with a single sign-on, central access point to clinical and benefits information. eBenefits is the result of the Commission's recommendation.

US Department of Veteran Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides a wide range of services and benefits to veterans. The benefits provided include disability compensation, pension, education, home loans, life insurance, vocational rehabilitation, survivors' benefits, medical benefits and burial benefits.

IRS

The Internal Revenue Service provides assistance to veterans and veterans with disabilities. They work with community and government partners to provide timely federal tax-related information to veterans about tax credits and benefits, free tax preparation, and asset-building opportunities available to them.

Request Veteran's Service Records National Archives

Military personnel records can be used for proving military service, or as a valuable tool in genealogical research. Most veterans and their next-of-kin can obtain free copies of their DD 214 Form (Report of Separation) and other military and medical records several ways. They also attain the following application that are required when requesting a review for correction of military records or discharge status: DD Form 149, Application for Correction of Military Records and the DD Form 293, Application for the Review of Discharge or Dismissal from the Armed Forces of the United States.

State of California

California Department of Veteran Affairs

This department within CalVet handles the housing of over 1,000 elderly and disabled veterans, offer low interest rate home loans, and help to connect thousands of veterans to their compensation and pension benefits.

Employment Development Department (EDD)

Services include counseling, labor market information, job referrals, job search workshops, and job development with potential employers. All veterans are eligible for the Veterans Intensive Program. Special assistance is available for veterans with service, connected disabilities. This link leads to a page that includes links to many other services for anyone who has served in the military.

California Association of County Veterans Service Officer, Inc. (CACVSO)

The CACVSO is an organization of professional veterans' advocates. It is a nonprofit educational and professional organization through which California's Veterans Service Officers play a critical role in the veteran's advocacy system. The CACVSO provides advocacy on veterans' issues, information, training, and assistance to organizations furnishing claims assistance to veterans.

Volunteers of America

Transitional housing is provided for homeless veterans and their families. Comprehensive support services include outreach and assessment, emergency services, and case management. Volunteers of America also offers Transitional Treatment Programs, providing residential therapeutic treatment for veterans recovering from substance addiction; and special need services for the frail elderly and veterans with mental illness.

Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

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.

Volunteers of America - Greater Los Angeles

Services include case management, transitional housing, education and job training, workforce readiness, supportive services, and job placement referrals. They also provide employment-focused re-entry program designed to assist veterans coming out of incarceration.

211

211 LA County is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, formerly known as INFO LINE of Los Angeles. It is the largest information and referral (I&R) service in the nation, helping approximately 500,000 individuals and families in Los Angeles County each year, and is recognized nationally, throughout the state, and in Canada for its leadership in the field. Since 1981, 211 LA County has provided free, confidential services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in English, Spanish and more than 140 other languages via a tele-interpreting service. Services are also provided for individuals with hearing impairment.

American Legion

The American Legion is the nation's largest veterans service organization. The services provided include help with VA claims, assistance in finding employment, support for current members of the military and financial advice.

Healthy City

Healthy City provides the public with actionable information such as data, maps, and service referrals, including for veterans' services, through technical assistance, as well as an easy-to-use online platform.

The Mobile Closet

Provides free, new hygiene items and gently used clothing items to individuals, children and families in need.

Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families

This organization takes a community approach to the needs of returning veterans to ensure that they are a valuable part of a healthy community and that the community is a meaningful part of their health.  It is a one-stop-shop for virtually all services, information, support, advocacy, and much more.

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP)

WWP provides veterans with the tools they need to become financially secure. The WWP Benefits Service team ensures veterans and their families have information and access to government benefits, as well as a full range of programs and the community resources necessary for successful transition to life after injury.

St. Joseph Center

The Veterans Representative Payee Program (VRPP) serves homeless veterans, many with mental health and/or substance use disorder issues. Support services provided include socialization and life skills training with a goal of moving veterans toward increased stability and self-sufficiency so that they will eventually be able to manage their own finances.

U.S. VETS - Long Beach

U.S. VETS provides comprehensive services to the veterans, including case management, employment assistance, job placement, counseling, as well as drug and alcohol free housing.

YMCA of the USA

In partnership with the Armed Services YMCA and the Department of Defense, the YMCA offers memberships and respite child care services to eligible military families and personnel to give them extra support during this difficult period.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

VFW advocates on behalf of all veterans to ensure that veterans receive their earned entitlements and through the National Veterans Service provide guidance with issues related to medical, VA claims, and educational benefits.  For more information contact the local serves officer: J. Nichols Guest, VFW Department Service Officer, Federal Building, Room 5204, 11000 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles 90024, Phone: 310 235-7129, Fax: 310 575-9722, Email: joseph.guest@va.gov.

National Resource Directory (NRD)

NRD is a website for connecting wounded warriors, service members, veterans, and their families to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. Visitors can find information on a variety of topics including benefits and compensation, education and training, employment, family and caregiver support, health, homeless assistance, housing, transportation and travel, volunteer opportunities and other services and resources.

Benefits.gov  

Benefits.gov offers information on more than 1,000 Federal and state benefit programs for everyone, including veterans. By completing their free and confidential questionnaire, their prescreening tool will generate a tailored list of programs for veterans.

RAINN

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800. 656.HOPE and publicizes the hotline’s free, confidential services. Among them is the Department of Defense (DoD), a groundbreaking crisis support service for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. Safe Helpline provides live, one-on-one advice, support, and information to the worldwide DoD community. The service is anonymous, secure, and available 24/7 - providing victims with the help they need, anytime, anywhere.

Military Travel Benefits

Military Travel Benefits connects service members, military families and veterans to all the benefits of service - government benefits, scholarships, discounts, lifelong friends, mentors, great stories of military life or missions, and much more.