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Veterans Resources


CalVet -  Learn about the state and federal benefits veterans are entitled to receive and how to claim them. Those benefits could compensate them for service-connected disability, allow them to begin or resume their college education, care for their health, train for or find employment, buy a home, live out their years with dignity and respect, and much more.  

Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents, and Survivors | U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Veterans of the United States armed forces may be eligible for a broad range of benefits and services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). For the most accurate information, Veterans and family members should visit the websites provided within this publication as regulations, payments, and eligibility requirements are subject to change. 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Veterans can access and manage their VA benefits and healthcare with this resource.  

VetNow - Brainfuse JobNow & VetNow features live online assistance, resume lab help, and wide range of academic tools to help job seekers and veterans reach their goals. Includes Live Veteran Navigators.


Community Resources

Home For Good Santa Barbara County - Home for Good Santa Barbara County supports a Coordinated Entry System, a no-wrong door, county-wide system that engages and connects individuals and families experiencing homelessness to the optimal resources for their needs. 

New Beginnings - Supportive Services for Veteran Families - New Beginnings' Supportive Services for Veteran Families program operates from a housing-first model to help end veteran homelessness in Santa Barbara County. The program's goal is to help veterans attain housing stability through short-term case management and financial assistance. 

PATH Santa Barbara - On July 1, 2015, Casa Esperanza Homeless Shelter merged with PATH to become PATH Santa Barbara, working to rebuild lives and strengthen neighborhoods. In Santa Barbara they provide a variety of services for our neighbors experiencing homelessness that include employment, outreach, housing navigation, interim housing, and rapid re-housing. 

Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation - The Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation is involved with several projects which honor all veterans of all wars and hosts many events throughout the year to support and honor veterans and active duty military. 

Santa Barbara Rescue Mission - Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, founded in 1965, has grown into an organization that provides immediate assistance - like food and shelter 365 nights a year to those with no place else to go - and lasting hope - in their 12-month residential recovery program for men and women desiring to break free from cycles of addiction, poverty, homelessness, and crime. 

SBCC Veterans' Support Program - The objective of the Veterans' Support Program is to provide information and assistance to veterans and dependents of veterans eligible for Veterans Educational Assistance. SBCC academic counseling, career, transfer, tutorial and other services are part of SBCC's mission to offer eligible program participants support to achieve their educational goals. 

UCSB Veterans and Military Services - Veterans and Military Services (VMS) at UCSB exists to support individuals in their transition to and through UCSB's academic community. No matter what assistance is needed - with navigating and receiving benefits, finding housing, or just support through the journey - VMS is the first stop as well as the strongest advocate on campus. VMS provides services and resources to all military-affiliated students at UCSB, including active/reserve and National Guard members, as well as spouses and dependents. 

Veterans Services - County of Santa Barbara - The Veterans Services Program provides assistance to the community of veterans in applying for, obtaining, and maintaining all available benefits and entitlements to which they may be eligible. 

Veterans Treatment Court - Superior Court of California, Santa Barbara - Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs) provide treatment and other services to those involved in a criminal case, and may help to dismiss their case, reduce felonies to misdemeanors, or avoid incarceration. 



Continuing Education Resources for Veterans - Through federal programs, state-level grants and scholarships, school-sponsored initiatives, and the work of various non-profit organizations, there are any number of opportunities for qualifying veterans to pursue and obtain a college degree. 



JobNow - Brainfuse JobNow & VetNow features live online assistance, resume lab help, and wide range of academic tools to help job seekers and veterans reach their goals. Includes Live Veteran Navigators.

Veterans Services - Good Jobs 3.0 - Operation: GoodJobs 3.0 provides tools and resources to connect veterans to meaningful civilian work so they can give their families the financial stability they deserve. Clients work with a Veterans Service Coordinator, who helps guide program participants through the program and provide resources and assistance. Veterans Service Coordinator are veterans themselves and understand the unique challenges veterans might face when it comes to finding meaningful employment. 

Veterans' Employment-Related Assistance Program (VEAP) - In coordination with the California Workforce Development Board, the Employment Development Department funds organizations to offer services targeted to meet the veterans' unique needs and occupational goals with an emphasis on those who recently returned to civilian life. Agencies are tasked with preparing veterans for careers in a variety of high-demand fields. 



Military & Veterans - Financial Topics by Life Stage - Military members and veterans have lots of financial opportunities available to them but even still 3 in 4 service members (77%, more than the national population) have some financial worries, most commonly a lack of savings to cover retirement or other needs. This is a compilation of everything an active military member or veteran needs to know on financial literacy. 


General Resources 

Journal of Veterans Studies - The Journal of Veterans Studies is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal. The goals of the journal are to sustain international research in veterans studies, facilitate interdisciplinary research collaborations, and narrow gaps between cultures, institutions, experiences, knowledge, and understanding. 

Veterans Resource Book | CalVet - The California Department of Veterans Affairs produces several different publications that include invaluable information and data including the department's Strategic Plan, California Veterans Resource Book, and division brochures. 

The Veterans Studies Association - VSA exists to encourage and disseminate rigorous scholarship about the interactions of military veterans and their families with civilian societies in order to inform public understanding, teaching, service, and advocacy. 


Health and Wellness 

Agent Orange Exposure - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - The U.S. Military used Agent Orange to clear plants and trees during the Vietnam War. If a veteran served in Vietnam or in or near the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) during the Vietnam Era - or in certain related jobs -- they may have had contact with this herbicide. This referred to as presumption of contact. 

Information for Veterans - California Department of Health Care Services - The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Veterans Enhancement Project helps veterans who are receiving Medi-Cal services obtain veteran benefits they are entitled to. Veterans receiving Medi-Cal services may be eligible for these federal benefits. 

Real Warriors*Real Battles*Real Strengths - The Real Warriors Campaign promotes a culture of support for psychological health by encouraging the military community to reach out for help whether coping with the daily stresses of military life, or concerns like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Veterans Crisis Line - Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs -- Many of them are veterans themselves. 



Homelessness Veterans - U.S. Department of Veterans  Affairs - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs connects homeless and at-risk veterans with housing solutions, health care, community employment services, and other support. 

Homeless Veterans Outreach and Support | CalVet -  Resources for veterans experiencing homelessness from the California Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Housing & Supportive Services | CalVet -  Case management, supportive services, permanent housing support services, and resources from the California Department of Veterans Affairs. 


Veterans Groups and Associations 

American Legion - The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by the United States Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. 

American Veterans (AMVETS) - AMVETS is open to and fighting for all who honorably served in the United States military, including the Army Reserve and the National Guard. With more than 250,000 members nationwide, AMVETS is veterans serving veterans. 

Military Order of the Purple Heart - The mission of The Purple Heart is to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat-wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support necessary legislative initiatives, and mostly importantly, provide service to all veterans and their families. 

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VWF) -  The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a non-profit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active guard and reserve forces. 


Women Veterans 

Safe Helpline (Department of Defense) -  Sexual assault support for the Department of Defense community. 

Women Veterans (CalVet) - The mission of the CalVet division for Women Veterans Affairs is to provide information, advocacy, outreach, and support to women veterans and their families. 

Women Vets On Point -  Women Vets on Point supports women who have served by finding solutions for their unique needs. Women Vets On Point connect veterans and their family to the employment, housing, and other resources they need. They offer specialized mental health services for individuals and families, and they work to strengthen the bond between women veterans in their community. 

Last Updated: Nov 6, 2020
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