Veteran Resources

Veteran Resources

Through their service to our country, veterans have earned a wide range of benefits.

However, it can be difficult to verify their service in order to acquire those benefits. In fact, not having proof of military service is one of the biggest obstacles veterans face gaining access to resources, benefits, and services. As such, a new law that I had the privilege of supporting is fixing this problem by adding the word “veteran” to California identification cards.

Starting Nov. 12, veterans can easily prove their eligibility to receive California state and federal veterans benefits without having to carry inconvenient and inefficient papers.

Applying for the veteran driver’s license and ID is easy:

  1. Simply find your military discharge certificate (DD214). If you need help obtaining your military records, then contact your local County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO).
  2. Stop by your local CVSO with your DD214 for verification.
  3. Go to www.dmv.ca.gov, or call the DMV at 1-800-777-0133, to make an appointment. Bring your verified application form, and the small $5 application fee.

You must complete all applicable requirements. The application form certifies the veteran applying for the veteran ID card is from the active armed forces, and was discharged under honorable circumstances.

Your Local CVSO Office:

Kern County Veterans Service Office
1120 Golden State Ave
Bakersfield
(866) 218-5367

Kings County Veterans Service Office
Kings County Government Center
1400 W Lacey Blvd
Law Bldg # 4
Hanford
(559) 852-2669

Veteran Resources

Kern County Veterans Services Department
(661) 868-7300

VA Outpatient Clinic
(661) 632-1800

Veterans Assistance Foundation
(661) 695-3626

Rebuilding Together Kern (Provides Home Repairs to Veterans)
(661) 703-1731

AMVETS of California (Not in district, but close)
120 N. M Street
Tulare, CA 93274
Toll Free (877) 526-1339
Office (559) 688-3407
Fax (559) 688-4418
http://calamvets.org

Habitat for Humanity
Bakersfield, California
Golden Empire, HFH -
PO Box 3267
Bakersfield, California 93385-3267

Phone: (661) 861-8449
Fax: (661) 861-8145
Web site | Email

Veteran Resources

Kings County Veterans Service Office
8am-5pm
Joe Wright-Kings County VSO/Public Guardian
1400 W. Lacey Blvd, Law Building #4
Hanford CA, 93230
559-852-2660 (Phone)
559-584-0438 (Fax)

Services Offered: Assist with VA Disability claims, Job Searches, Health Care, Legal Issues.

ID cards-Issued Daily from 0830-1530;
Walk-ins Welcome daily from 0830-1530.

Military Veterans Coalition
Meets 2nd Tuesday of Each Month at 2pm in the Kings County Multi-Purpose Room @ the Government Center.

Meet with reps from different veteran organizations, schools, mental health, representatives from congressional, assembly and state senate offices. All veterans and those who support veterans are welcome.

Kings County Veterans Employment Committee
124 N. Irwin St.
Hanford CA, 93230
559-585-3551
kingscountyvec@hotmail.com

Marine Corps League
P.O. Box 502
Armona CA, 93202

American Legion Post #3
401 N. Irwin St.559-924-8234
Hanford CA, 93230
559-583-1169
Meet 1st and 3rd Tuesday @ 630pm
amlegionpost3@att.net

American Legion Post 100
411 "D" Street –Meetings 1st Wed @7pm
Lemoore CA, 93245
billoverby@att.net

Disabled American Veterans
559-924-3907
3163 E. McKinley Ave
Fresno, CA
559-237-0273

American Legion Post #144
1000 Vandorsten St.
Corcoran CA, 93212
559-992-5571
Meetings 2nd Thursday @1130

Naval Air Station Lemoore
700 Avenger Ave
Lemoore CA, 93246
559-998-0100

Fleet Reserve Association-Lemoore
Lemoore Branch-261
788 East "D" Street
Lemoore CA, 93245

Veteran Resources

My younger brother serves in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He has volunteered to serve in the event of great need of our country and community—and I could not be prouder.

Many of America's heroes, the veterans of all of branches of the military, return home to similarly proud families. But they sometimes come home to fight a different kind of battle. They have to fight against high unemployment numbers, a lack of affordable housing, physical ailments, mental illness and the corresponding unfair stigma of mental illness.

Ensuring the effective reintegration into civilian society for our nation's veterans should be a top priority for California and the nation. As a member of the Assembly Veterans Committee, I've been able to work on issues that range from retirement homes for older generation veterans, affordable housing for veterans and making college affordable to make it easier to get a job when service is completed.

View Veteran Legislative Accomplishments

Below is a list of Veteran resources in your area. I hope you find this information useful.

Thank you for your service, and do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any ideas for legislation or projects to benefit the veteran community.

Veteran Resources

2015-2016

AB171 (Irwin, Salas Co-author) raises the California Department of Veterans Affairs annual funding to $5.6 million dollars for allocation to County Veterans Services Officers.

AB 255 (Irwin, Salas Co-author) creates the office of Internal Audits for Veterans Affairs within the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

AB 930 (Irwin / Atkins, Salas Co-author) authorizes the California Military department to establish Work for Warriors Program.

ACR 30 (Irwin, Salas Co-author) honors and recognizes Armed Forces Day on May 16, 2015.

AJR 7 (Mathis, Salas Co-author) requests Congress to further amend the G.I. Bill of Rights to make benefits available to veterans for use as startup capital in the establishment of first businesses.

2013-2014

AB 13 (Conway) requires California Colleges and California State Universities to adopt policies to conform to federal law in allowing veterans and their eligible dependents, recently separated from service to pay in-state tuition up to the minimum time necessary to become a resident.

AB 114 (Salas) awards $15 million dollars for job training, with preference given to Veterans and disadvantaged youth, which was adopted in the 2013 budget.

AB 186 (Maienschein) requires Department of Consumer Affairs licensing entities to provide military spouses and domestic partners licensed in another state with a 12-month temporary license to practice their profession in California

AB 287 (Frazier, Salas Co-author) requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) to put together an annual list of Vietnam Veteran names to be added to the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial.

AB 372 (Eggman) gives veterans, spouses of deceased, and spouses of 100% disabled veterans automatic top ranking if they receive a passing score on a state civil service exam.

AB 555 (Salas) allows a County Veteran Service Officer to work with local law enforcement to provide much needed services to individuals who are detained.

AB 556 (Salas) protects veterans from employment discrimination based on past or current service.

AB 614 (Chavez) Ensures that a veteran with 70 percent or more service disability receiving intermediate care or skilled nursing care in a veterans home shall have their account deemed paid in full by the amounts paid on their behalf by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

AB 639 (Speaker Perez, Salas Co-author) which later became Prop. 41 on the June 3rd ballot authorized transfer of $600 million in bonds from the CalVet Home Loan Program to fund affordable housing for Veterans and their families.

AB 935 (Frazier, Salas Co-author) requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to offer a driver’s license or identification card that includes the word “VETERAN” on its face to an applicant who provides verification from their County Veteran Service Officer.

AB 1289 (Cooley, Salas Co-author) establishes the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial as the official state Vietnam Veterans War Memorial.

SB 73 (Budget committee) increases funding to County Veteran Service Officers, and also sets aside millions of dollars to assist with veteran benefits backlog.

SB 290 (Knight, Salas Co-author) lowers Veteran’s tuition by granting resident tuition at a Community College or CSU - if they file an official statement promising to become a California resident as soon as possible.

SB 720 (Correa) gives all federal military reservists and California National Guard service members ordered to active duty in oversea conflicts the same relief from having to pay interest on the accumulated principal or interest of a deferred financial obligation as active duty military members ordered to overseas conflicts.

SB 725 (Anderson) allows Veteran organizations to maintain their lease on buildings leased to them by a city and county government so long as they do not violate the terms of the lease, or abandon the building.

ACR 36 (Atkins, Salas Co-author) would encourage all superior courts to consider establishing veterans treatment courts or veterans treatment review calendars to assist troubled veterans who have service-related mental health issues.

AJR 38 (Salas) requests Congress to pass, and the President to sign into law, Senate Bill 1281 and House Resolution 2654, to protect Veterans and Military members from housing and employment discrimination based on past or current service, and encourages the members of the California Congressional Delegation to join as coauthors on those measures.