Veteran Resources

Assemblymember Salas Honors Gold Star Mother's & Families

Assemblymember Salas Honors Gold Star Mother's & Families

Special Driver Licenses and Identification Cards Help Veterans Gain Access to Benefits:

Access to Benefits for Veterans GraphicThrough 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, 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.

Good News for California Veterans: Online Exchange:

Honorably discharged veterans can now sign up for tax-free, online shopping on select clothing, electronics, food and more at the online Exchange. Since 1895, the Exchange's mission has been to support the men and women of the armed forces during military operations, humanitarian missions and other endeavors around the world.

In the past, only active-duty troops, members of the National Guard, reservists and their dependents, and military retirees and their dependents could use this money saving and convenient benefit.

To sign up, visit VetVerify

Your Local CVSO Office:

Kern County Veterans Service Office
1120 Golden State Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301
(866) 218-5367

Fax: (661) 631-0519

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

Veteran Legislation:


AB 1257 (Salas) expands tax exemptions for disabled veterans purchasing adaptive automotive equipment.

ACR 29 Blue Star Mothers of America (Salas) recognizes May 2019 as Blue Star Mothers of America Month.

ACR 61 Gold Star Mothers’ and Families’ Day (Salas) designates September 29, 2019 as Gold Star Mothers’ and Families’ Day in California.


ACR 79 Blue Star Mothers (Salas) designates the month of May as Blue Stars Mothers of America Month.

ACR 120 Gold Star Mothers (Salas) designates September 24, 2017 as Gold Star Mothers’ and Families Day in California.

ACR 190 Blue Star Mothers (Salas) this measure recognizes May 2018 as Blue Star Mothers of America month.

ACR 192 Gold Star Mothers (Salas) proclaims September 30, 2018 as Gold Star Mothers’ and Families’ Day in California.

AB 2801 (Salas) this bill makes it a crime, punishable with a felony or misdemeanor, to destroy or vandalize a veterans memorial.


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.


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.

Kings County Veterans:

Kings County Veterans Service Office
Joe Wright-Kings County VSO/Public Guardian
1400 W. Lacey Blvd, Law Building #4
Hanford CA, 93230
559-852-2669 (Phone)
559-584-0438 (Fax)

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

ID cards-Issued 8:30-16:00 Monday-Friday
Walk-ins Welcome daily 8:30-15:00 Monday-Thursday

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

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

American Legion Post #3
401 N. Irwin St, Hanford CA, 93230
Meet 1st and 3rd Tuesday @ 630pm

American Legion Post #100
411 "D" Street –Meetings 1st Wed @7pm
Lemoore CA, 93245
Post Commander: Randy McCord,
(559) 904-6138

Disabled American Veterans
5091 N. Fresno Street, Unit 145, Fresno, CA 93710

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

Naval Air Station Lemoore
700 Avenger Ave
Lemoore CA, 93246

Fleet Reserve Association-Lemoore
Lemoore Branch-261
788 East "D" Street
Lemoore CA, 93245
(559) 924-3045

Kern County Veterans:

Kern County Veterans Services Department
1120 Golden State Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301
(866) 218-5367
Fax: (661) 631-0519

VA Outpatient Clinic
1801 Westwind Dr., Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 632-1800

Veterans Assistance Foundation
(661) 695-3626

Rebuilding Together Kern (Provides Home Repairs to Veterans)
(661) 703-1731
P.O. Box 11622, Bakersfield, CA 93389

AMVETS of California (Not in district, but close)
157 South K Street, Tulare, CA 93274
Toll Free (877) 526-1339
Office (559) 688-3407
Fax (559) 688-4418

Habitat for Humanity
Kern: 622 Jackson Street, Bakersfield, CA 93305
(661) 327-7067

Southwest Bakersfield: 5101 White Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93309
(661) 282-8090

Golden Empire: PO Box 3267
Bakersfield, California 93385-3267
Phone: (661) 861-8449
Fax: (661) 861-8145