California Military and Veteran Benefits

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Summary of California Military and Veterans Benefits: California offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including disabled Veteran property tax exemptions, California National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.


California Department of Veterans Affairs, County Veteran Service Offices (CVSO):

CVSOs can assist Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for military/Veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.
CVSO Locations

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California Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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What are my California Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

California Taxes on Military Retired Pay: Military retired pay received by California residents is taxed in California.

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) does not withhold taxes for state or local income tax, but it is reported annually on IRS Form 1099-R. All TSP distributions are subject to state taxes and early distributions may incur higher taxes.

Learn more about California Taxes on Military Retired Pay

California Taxes on Military Pay: Military pay received by California resident Service members stationed outside California is not taxed. Pay received by a resident Service member that is stationed in California is subject to state income tax.

Learn more about California Taxes on Military Pay

California Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay: Military disability retirement pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income. Some of the payments which are considered disability benefits include:

  • Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid to Veterans or their Families

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

  • Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of limbs, or

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.

See IRS Publication 525 for more information.

Learn more about California Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay

California State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligibleChild kneeling by a grave survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-connected injury or disease.

Learn more about California State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) California State Tax Benefits: SBP, RCSBP and RSFPP are taxed in California.

Learn more about Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) California State Tax Benefits

California Property Tax Exemption for Veterans that own Limited Property: The California Veterans' Exemption provides a tax exemption of property not to exceed $4,000 for eligible Service members, Veterans and their eligible Family members.

To qualify for this exemption, the applicant may not own property (real or personal) worth more than $5,000 if single, $10,000 if married. Those eligible must have lived in California on January 1 of the year they apply.
Who is eligible for the California Veterans’ Exemption? To be eligible for the California Veterans’ exemption applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Currently serving Service member

  • Veteran that received an honorable discharge and meet one of the following requirements:

    • Served during a Time of War

    • Served during peace time in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal was authorized by Congress

    • Discharged from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during peace time due to a service-connected disability

  • Service member in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces that was called to federal active duty

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of a deceased eligible Veteran

  • Parent of a deceased eligible Veteran.

To apply for the Veterans' Exemption applicants must file each year by February 15 with the County Assessor where the property is located. The claim form, BOE-261, Claim for Veterans' Exemption, is available from the assessor.
California County Assessor Directory

Learn more about the California Veteran's Property Tax Exemption

California Disabled Veterans’ Property Tax Exemption: The Disabled Veterans' Property Tax Exemption reduces the property tax on the principal residence of eligible disabled Veterans and their Surviving Spouses.

There are two levels of the Disabled Veterans' Exemption:

  • Basic Exemption – $149,993, available to all eligible, only required to apply once

  • Low-Income Exemption – $224,991, available to those who have a combined household income of $67,355 or less for the previous year, must apply each year.

Who is eligible for the California Disabled Veterans’ Property Tax Exemptions? Veterans must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Served during a Time of War and received a discharge “other than dishonorable”

  • Has a service-connected disability rating from the VA or their branch of Service of 100% or of Individually Unemployable and paid at the 100% rate.

Surviving Spouses must meet the one of the following requirements:

  • drone flying unremarried Surviving Spouse of an eligible deceased Veteran

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of a deceased Veteran who would have qualified for the exemption if they had been alive on January 1, 1977

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran that died from a service-connected injury or disease.


To apply for the Disabled Veterans' Property Tax Exemption applicants must file an application with the County Assessor where the property is located, claim forms are available from the assessor.
California County Assessor Directory
Claim for Disabled Veterans’ Property Tax Exemption 26-G (Sample)

Learn more about the California Disabled Veterans’ Property Tax Exemption

California Business License Fees, Taxes and Fee Waiver for Veterans: Honorably discharged Veterans who hawk, peddle, or vend any goods, wares, or merchandise (not services) are exempt from state business license fees, taxes, and fees. This exemption does not apply to alcoholic beverages.

Veterans must provide proof that they received an honorable discharge to the local county/city licensing authority. Eligibility criteria may differ based upon local jurisdictions.

Learn more about the California Business License Fees, Taxes and Fee Waiver for Veterans

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What are my California Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

California College Tuition Fee Waivers for Veterans' Dependents: The California College Fee Waivers for Veterans’ Dependents waives mandatory system wide tuition and fees at any California Community College, California State University or University of California campus. This program does not cover books, parking or room and board.
Who is eligible for the California College Tuition Fee Waivers for Veterans' Dependents? All students must be California residents and qualify under one of the four plans listed below:

Plan A: For a Veteran’s dependents to be eligible the Veteran must have served at least one day on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during a wartime period or during any time the Veteran was awarded a campaign or expeditionary medal. This benefit cannot be used with VA educational benefits.

  • Child of a Veteran who has a total service-connected disability rating or who died from a service-connected cause

  • Child must be between 15 and 26 years old, If the Child is a Veteran the age limit is extended to age 30; the Veteran’s qualifying event (date of disability award or date of death) must have occurred before the Child turns 21

  • Spouse of a Veteran who has a total service-connected disability rating or the unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who died from a service-connected cause (no age limit)

  • Spouse or Child of a Veteran who has been declared missing in action, captured in the line of duty by hostile forces, or forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power.

Plan B: Children are the only dependents eligible under this plan. The following requirements must be met for a Veteran’s Child to be eligible:

  • Child of a Veteran who has a service-connected disability or had a service-connected disability at the time of death or died of service-connected causes

  • Child's annual income, which includes their adjusted gross income and support provided by a parent, must be below the Federal Poverty Level

  • Wartime service is not required and there is no age requirement

  • May be used with VA educational benefits.

Plan C: The Spouse or Child of a Service member in the California National Guard is eligible in the following circumstances:

  • Service member was serving on state active who in the line of duty:

    • Was killed

    • Died from a disability from an event that occurred while on state active duty (Surviving Spouses must remain unremarried to be eligible)

    • Permanently disabled from an event that occurred while on state active duty.

Plan D: Medal of Honor recipients and Children of Medal of Honor recipients (under age 27) that are below the Federal Poverty Level are eligible. Plan D benefits are limited to undergraduate studies only, and may be used with VA educational benefits

Please use the California Department of Veterans Affairs, College Fee Waiver Calculator to verify eligibility.

Completed applications may be submitted to the student’s local County Veterans Service Office. For more information, please contact the admissions office or the Veterans Affairs office of any California College System Campus .
California Department of Veterans Affairs, College Fee Waiver Program for Veteran Dependents Application
California Department of Veterans Affairs, County Veterans Service Officer Directory

Learn more about the California College Tuition Fee Waivers for Veterans' Dependents

California Nonresident College Fee Waiver: The Nonresident College Fee Waiver waives nonresident fees at all California College System Campuses. Airman taking notes
Who is eligible for the California Nonresident College Fee Waiver? Students that meet the following requirements are eligible for resident fees:

  • Veteran that served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and was stationed in California for more than one year immediately prior to discharge; valid for the length of time the Veteran lives in California, up to the minimum time needed to become a resident

  • Undergraduate student who is a Service member on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in California, does not apply to Service members assigned to a state-supported institution of higher education

  • Undergraduate student dependent of a Service member on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in California

  • Graduate student who is an active duty Service member stationed in California, does not apply to Service members assigned to a state-supported institution of higher education, there is a two-year limit for graduate-level studies

  • Graduate student dependent of a Service member on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in California, there is a one-year limit for graduate level studies.

For more information, please contact the admissions office or the Veterans Affairs office of any California College System Campus.

Learn more about the California Nonresident College Fee Waiver

California Military Department GI Bill Award Program (CMD GI BILL): The CMD GI BILL offers educational financial assistance to eligible Service members in the California National Guard. The CMD GI BILL will provide up to 100% of the tuition and fees at a California College System Campus and participating private, grant eligible, educational institutions.
Who is eligible for the CMD GI BILL? Service members must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Active member of the California National Guard while receiving CMD GI BILL funds

  • Service members must enroll in at least three academic units per term

  • Maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA, annually

  • California Resident for tuition purposes

  • May be used for a certificate, degree, or diploma that is currently not held

  • Participants who enter the program during or after the 2020-2021 academic year must:

    • Serve two years in the California National Guard after completion of the last academic term they used CMD GI Bill funds

    • Complete course of study within 10 years of initial acceptance into the program

    • May be used to complete only one degree at the bachelor, graduate, or doctoral level.

To apply Service members must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, then complete the CMD GI BILL Online Application.

For more information, please call 916-854-4446 or 916-854-4255 or by email at ng.ca.caarng.list.cn6-eaap-mailbox-access@mail.mil
CMD GI BILL Fact Sheet
CMD GI BILL Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the California Military Department GI Bill Award Program

child writing on paper at her desk in a classroomCalifornia Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the prompt enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities

  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families

  • Providing for the enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact

  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact

  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children

  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

MIC3 Assistance Request

Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 951-472-3572

Learn more about California Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

California Purple Star School Designation Program for Military-Friendly Schools : The California Purple Star School Designation Program recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and Families connected to the U.S. Armed Forces. Schools that earn the award will receive a special Purple Star recognition to display on site.

For a school to qualify for the Purple Star Award they must appoint a school liaison that is specially trained to handle the unique challenges experienced by military Families. This liaison will ensure that other teachers at their school are aware of special considerations that students from military Families can benefit from. Each school will also have a dedicated page on their school website featuring resources for military Families.
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What are my California Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

California State Employment Veterans’ Hiring Preference: California offers Veterans' Preference to eligible Veterans and their Spouse or Surviving Spouse when hiring for state employment. Preference can be applied to an eligible applicant’s open and open, non-promotional applications. ground crew working next to an aircraft

Applicants that receive a passing score on an entrance examination, will be ranked in the top rank of the resulting eligibility list. Veterans' Preference is not granted once a person achieves permanent civil service status.
Who is eligible for California State Employment Veterans’ Hiring Preference? The following applicants are eligible for Veterans’ preference:

  • Veteran that served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for 30 days or more during a time of war, or in peace time when a campaign or expeditionary medal was authorized and was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable

  • Veteran that served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least 181 consecutive days and was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable

  • Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran

  • Spouse of a 100% disabled Veteran.

To apply for Veterans' Preference, applicants must submit:

Completed applications and supporting documents can be submitted to:

California Department of Human Resources
ATTN: Examination Unit
1515 S Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

Veterans’ Preference in Promotional Exams: Veterans that retired from the U.S. Armed Forces or were honorably discharged from active duty that are eligible to compete in promotional examinations may have their names placed on the promotion eligibility list.

Veterans must meet the minimum qualifications for the promotion and receive a passing score on the examination to be eligible.

Learn more about California State Employment Veterans’ Hiring Preference

California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Program: The DVBE Program helps certified disabled Veteran owned businesses compete for state contracts. California has established a goal of awarding 3% of all state contracts to certified DVBE businesses. The DVBE option allows state agencies to contract directly with a certified DVBE for goods, services, and information technology goods and services valued from $5,000.01 to $ 249,999.99 (up to $291,000 for public works contracts).

The DVBE Program provides the following assistance:

  • Assist certified DVBE businesses throughout the contracting process

  • Assist contract officers looking for DVBE businesses to participate in contracts and purchasing

  • Provide information to businesses or agencies regarding DVBE

  • Serve as an advocate for the disabled Veteran businesses

  • Reporting violations of the California Military and Veterans Code.

Who is eligible for the California DVBE Program? For a business to be certified as a DVBE they must meet the following requirements:

  • Business at least 51% owned by one or more disabled Veterans, Veterans must completely own Limited Liability Companies

  • Veterans must have a service-connected disability rating of 10% or more from the VA or a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Disabled Veteran(s) who owns, manages and controls the business must live in California

  • Daily business operations must be managed and controlled by one or more
    disabled Veterans

  • Main office must be in the U.S. and cannot be a branch or division of a foreign-based business

  • Business must be established and operational prior to applying for DVBE certification.

DVBE certification is typically issued for two years. Veterans can apply online for DVBE certification at the Cal eProcure website. For questions or more information call 916-375-4940 or email OSDSHelp@dgs.ca.gov
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DVBE Program Fact Sheet

Learn more about the California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program

California Business License Tax and Fee Waiver: Honorably discharged Veterans can receive a municipal, county and state business license fee, tax and fee waiver to hawk, peddle or sell any goods, wares or merchandise (not services). This does not apply to alcoholic beverages.

Eligibility criteria may differ based on local jurisdiction. To apply Veteran must provide proof they received an honorable discharge to the local county/city licensing authority.

Learn more about the California Business License Tax and Fee Waiver

California State Employee Military leave: California offers several different types of military leave for state employees that are serving in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces. A short description of these types of leave are listed below.Cargo being loaded onto an aircraft with a forklift

Short-Term Military Leave: California state permanent, probationary, limited-term, or temporary employees that are members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for short-term military leave for six months or less.

Short term military leave can be granted for:

  • Annual Training such as active duty military training, encampment and special exercises

  • Inactive Duty (unpaid) such as scheduled drill periods.

Service members are authorized one additional day for travel unless their orders authorize more travel time.

Long-Term Military Leave: California state permanent and probationary employees that are members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces that are ordered to active duty for six months or more are eligible for long-term military leave for up to five years. U.S. Code Title 38, Section 4312 [c] does offer some exceptions to the five year time limit in certain circumstances.

Service members must begin their active duty within 90 calendar days after the last day worked, or the last day of vacation or time off used before reporting for active duty . Service members are authorized to receive their state salary for the first 30 days of the long-term military leave. The Service member has 6 months from the date of discharge from active duty to return to work.

Emergency Military Leave: California state employees that are members of the California National Guard that are ordered to state active duty are eligible for emergency military leave.

The length of emergency military leave is the period of active duty plus one day for travel going to and returning from the Service members duty location, unless their orders authorize additional travel time.

Service members must begin their active duty within 10 calendar days after the last day worked, or the last day of vacation or time off used before reporting for duty. Service members are authorized to receive their state salary for the first 30 days of the emergency military leave.

Permanent or probationary state employees must return to work within 14 calendar days after the end of their military leave. Limited-term or temporary state employee must return work within 10 calendar days after the end of their military leave.

War or National Emergency Leave: California state employees that are members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces that are ordered to federal active duty are eligible for war or national emergency leave.

The length of emergency military leave is the period of federal active duty plus one day for travel going to and returning from the Service members duty location, unless their orders authorize additional travel time.

Service members must begin their active duty within 10 calendar days after the last day worked, or the last day of vacation or time off used before reporting for duty. Service members are authorized to receive their state salary for the first 30 days of the emergency military leave.

Learn more about California State Employee Military leave

California State Employment Differential Pay for Reserve Component Service Members Ordered to Federal Active Duty: Reserve component Service members are eligible for the difference between their military pay and their state salary when ordered to federal active duty due to the War on Terror or due to a presidential determination of national emergency following the September 11, 2001, attack.

War on Terror: State employees that are reserve component Service members ordered to federal active duty after September 11, 2001, in support of the War on Terror, are authorized to receive the difference between their military pay and their state salary (not including hazardous duty pay, hostile fire pay, or imminent danger pay).

Service members can receive this differential pay for a total of 760 days. Service members will continue to be eligible for salary changes based on:

  • General salary adjustments

  • Labor marked adjustments

  • Merit salary adjustments

  • Special in-grade salary adjustments

Service members can continue to receive health, dental, and vision care benefits for up to 730 calendar days. Vacation and sick leave will continue to accrue during war or national emergency leave for up to 24 months.

Presidential Determination: State employees that are reserve component Service members ordered to federal active duty by a presidential determination after September 11, 2001, are authorized to receive the difference between their military pay and their state salary for 180 days. The Service member will continue to be eligible for merit salary adjustments and continue to be eligible for all benefits they are entitled to, had they not been called to active duty.

Learn more about California State Employment Differential Pay for Reserve Component Service Members Ordered to Federal Active Duty

California Employment Development Department , Employment Assistance for Veterans: The California Employment Development Department (EDD) helps Veterans, Service members that are leaving the U.S. Armed Forces and eligible Spouses by providing employment training and placement services. EDD staff will conduct an initial assessment and refer those to services that best suit their situation, which could include self-service, group services or one-on-one service. In addition, Veterans will receive 24 hour access to job listings before they are posted for the general public.

EDD has Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialists, Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVER) and Consolidated Veteran representatives (combined responsibilities of LVERs and DVOP Specialists) that provide specialized services to Veterans, Service members and Spouses to help them return to work. These specially trained staff members offer a wide array of services including, employment services, job training, vocational education, supportive services, and participation in community college programs.

LVERs focus on individualized job development services for Veterans that are determined to be job-ready. They also conduct outreach to employers, assist Veterans in job development contacts, coordinate job search workshops, and establish job search groups.

DVOP Specialists focus on those that face Significant Barriers to Employment and provide individualized career services to meet their specific needs. Those eligible can receive:

  • Education, skills, and abilities assessment

  • Assistance developing an individual employment plan

  • Development of interviewing skills

  • Group and individual career coaching

  • Short-term pre-vocational services may include:

    • Learning and communication assistance

    • Interviewing skill development

    • Personal maintenance skills

    • Professional conduct.

Eligibility requirements to receive DVOP Specialist assistance:

  • Veteran that served at least one day on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces (does not include active duty for training) and received a discharge other than dishonorable.

  • Spouse of one of the following:

    • Veteran who died of a service-connected disability

    • Veteran who has a total service-connected disability

    • Veteran who died while a total service-connected disability was in existence

    • Service member that died on active duty

    • Service member that is declared missing in action or a prisoner of war for 90 days or more.

  • Service member leaving the U.S. Armed Forces that has been identified as needing intensive services by their former chain of command

  • Service members who are wounded, ill, or injured and receiving treatment in a military treatment facility or warrior transition unit, as well as their Spouse or other Family caregiver.

EDD also offers the CalJOBS Labor Exchange webpage that allows job seekers to create résumés that can be seen by employers, search the full-service employment center for job openings, and more. CalJOBS can also help Veterans translate their military training and specialties into marketable skills applicable to civilian jobs.
California EDD, Veterans Employment Services Fact Sheet
California EDD Office Locator

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Federal Employment Veteran’s Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:Aircraft sitting on the ramp at sunset

  • During a war, or

  • During the period April 28, 1952, through July 1, 1955, or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976, or

  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom, or

  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30%.

10-Point 30% Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30% or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the VA but does not qualify as a CP or CPS, or

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or mothers of Veterans. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because of a disability that is service-connected in origin, or

  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

Learn more about Federal Employment Veterans’ Hiring Preferences

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reeground crew working under the aircraftmployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members recovering from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning Service members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA Benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard Service members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) helps all that have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

Learn more about Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

California Hilton Honors Military Program: The California Hilton Honors Military Program helps make the career transition from service in the U.S. Armed Forces to civilian employment easier for current and former Service members. The Hilton Honors Military Program will provide hotel accommodations for required travel while they are looking for a new job, training for a new job, or finding housing. Those eligible can receive up to a total of 100,000 hotel points for verifiable employment-related activities. Each state sets its own eligibility and residency requirements. Recipients must have a Hilton Honors account to receive the points. For more information, please email HiltonHonors@naswa.org or contact the nearest American Job Center.

Learn more about the California Hilton Honors Military Program

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What are my California Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

California Unemployment Insurance (UI): UI provides temporary financial assistance for workers that are unemployed through no fault of their own. UI is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages while workers are seeking other work and is not intended to be a permanent source of income.

UI applicants will have to provide their personal information as well as the following:

  • Employer information for the last 18 months:

    • Company name

    • Supervisor’s name

    • Business address (mailing and physical location) and phone number

    • Last date worked and the reason no longer working

    • Weekly gross earnings

    • Hourly pay rate and number of hours worked per week

    • Reason no longer working

  • Standard Form 8 for applicants that were federal employees in the last 18 months

  • DD214 Member 4 copy for applicants that were in the U.S. Armed Forces in the last 18 months.

Who is eligible for California UI? To be eligible for UI applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Earned enough wages during the base period

  • Totally or partially unemployed

  • Unemployed through no fault of their own

  • Physically able, available and willing to accept immediate work

  • Actively looking for work.

Applicants can file for a claim online, by phone, fax or by mail. To file online go to California Employment Development Department, UI online claim portal. Online claims can be filed during the following hours:

  • Sunday 5 am – 8:30 pm

  • Monday 4 am -10 pm

  • Tuesday - Friday 2 am – 10 pm

  • Saturday 2 am – 8 pm

To file by phone call, 800-300-5616 seven days a week from 8 am to 8 pm (Pacific time) except on state holidays.

To file by mail or fax, download and complete the California Development Department, Unemployment Insurance Application. Completed applications can be faxed to 866-215-9159 or mailed to:

EDD
P.O. Box 989738
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9738

California Employment Development Department, UI Forms and Publications
California Employment Development Department, UI Complete Eligibility Information
California Employment Development Department, UI Claim Information

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What are my California Military and Veterans Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits?

Veteran Designation on California Driver License and ID Card: Eligible Veterans can add the word “VETERAN” to the front of their California driver license or ID card to iCA Veterans Designation licensendicate they served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Veterans must visit their nearest CVSO to obtain a Veteran Status Verification Form (VSD-001). The CVSO will verify eligibility and complete the form which the Veteran can then take to any California Department of Motor Vehicles and apply. Applicants will be required to pay a $5 fee for the designation plus the standard cost of a new, renewal, or duplicate license.
California Department of Motor Vehicles Directory
California Office of Veterans Affairs, County Veteran Service Office Directory
California Department of Veterans Affairs, Veteran Designation Fact Sheet

Learn more about the Veteran Designation on California Driver Licenses and ID Cards

California Motor Vehicle Registration Fee Waiver: The California Department of Motor Vehicles will waive registration fees and provide a free license plate for one passenger motor vehicle, motorcycle, or commercial motor vehicle (less than 8,001 pounds) for eligible Veterans.
Who is eligible for a California Motor Vehicle Registration Fee Waiver? Veterans must meet one of the following conditions to be eligible:

The Veteran must provide proof they are a Medal of Honor recipient, former prisoner of war or that they are a 100% Disabled Veteran.

Learn more about the California Motor Vehicle Registration Fee Waiver

California Commercial Driver License (CDL) Driving Test Waivers: The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers CDL testing exemptions to Service members and former Service members based on their military training and experience.

The Even Exchange program allows Service members who have certain Military Occupational Specialties/Ratings in the U.S. Armed Forces to have their CDL knowledge and skills testing waived. Applicants can apply for a CDL for the commercial vehicle class that is similar to the military vehicle they drove. The Even Exchange program does not apply to the School Bus (S) endorsement. Service members must have worked in one of the following Military Occupational Specialties/Ratings in the past year to be eligible:

  • Army – 88M, 92F, 14T

  • Air Force – 2T1, 2F0, 3E2

  • Marine Corps – 3531

  • Navy – EO.

The California Troops to Trucks program authorizes the waiver of the CDL driving test for Service members who have military commercial driving training and experience but do not have a Military Occupational Specialties /Ratings for the even exchange option. Applicants must have been employed within the last two years in a duty position requiring the operation of a military vehicle similar to the commercial vehicle class they are applying for. This option only allows a waiver of the driving test and does not include the knowledge testing requirement. The driving test will not be waived for the school bus or passenger endorsements.

Applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  • Not had more than one license (except for a military license) in the past two years

  • Not had any license suspended, revoked, or cancelled in the past two years

  • Not had any convictions for any type of motor vehicle for the disqualifying offenses (listed on the application)

  • Not had more than one conviction for any type of motor vehicle for serious traffic violations (listed on the application)

  • Have not had had any conviction for a violation of military, state or local laws relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than a parking violation) as a result of a traffic accident and has no record of an accident in which they were at fault.

Applicants must submit the following documents to a California DMV Field Office:

In addition applicants must complete the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Commercial Driver License Online Application.

Learn more about the California Commercial Driver License Test Waivers

California Resident Deployed Service Member, Registration Renewal Penalty Waiver: California resident Service members that are deployed to a location outside California may be eligible for a waiver of vehicle registration renewal penalties. Service members must have been deployed for temporary military duty during a period when a “Presidential Executive Order specifies the U.S. is engaged in combat or homeland defense.” Deployment does not include temporary duty for training or processing, or a permanent change of station. Only penalties incurred during the deployment may be waived.

Service members must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • California Resident

  • Service member serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Reserve component Service member called to active duty.

Service members must renew their registration within 60 days after they return from their deployment to qualify for a waiver.

When applying for a waiver, Service members must submit official documentation of their temporary military duty and complete the California Department of Motor Vehicles Form, Statements of Fact (REG 256) and write in Block G:

  • That you are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, U.S. Armed Forces Reserve, or the National Guard

  • The termination date of deployment.

Learn more about California Resident Military Personnel, Renewal Penalty Waiver for Deployed Service Members

California Vehicle Registration Extension for Discharged Service Members: Former Service members entering California after their discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces are not required to register their passenger vehicles and trailer coaches if they have valid out-of-state plates and registration.

They will have to register their vehicles once they take steps to become a California resident and must be paid within 20 days following that date to avoid penalties.

Learn more about California Vehicle Registration Extension for Discharged Service Members

California Vehicle License Fee Exemption for Nonresident Service Members: Nonresident Service members stationed in California are exempt from payment of the Vehicle License Fee on any vehicle owned or leased and registered in California. This does not apply to vehicles operated “for hire.”

Service members must complete a California Department of Motor Vehicles, Nonresident Military License Fee and Transportation Improvement Fee Exemption (REG 5045) when they register their vehicle.

Learn more about the California Vehicle License Fee Exemption for Nonresident Service Members

California Special Recognition Military and Veteran Vehicle License Plates: California offers seven special recognition license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and eligible Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply. Completed applications, copies of required documentation and any fees should be mailed to:

Department of Motor Vehicles

Special Processing Unit – MS D238
P.O. Box 932345
Sacramento, CA 94232-3450

A short description of some these license plates is listed below.
California Department of Motor Vehicles, Special License Plate Fees
California Department of Motor Vehicles, Special Recognition License Plate Application

California Purple Heart License Plates: Recipients of the Purple Heart are eligible for the California Purple Heart license plate. There is no registration fee, issue fee or renewal fee for the first set of plates.

A Purple Heart recipient, who is also a qualified disabled Veteran (DV), may request the DV fee exemption for a set of Purple Heart license plates instead of DV license plates. A Veteran who chooses this option cannot have DV plates assigned to another vehicle.

Veterans must provide a copy of orders, their service record, or discharge papers indicating they were awarded the Purple Heart. A Surviving Spouse of a deceased Veteran who was issued these license plates may continue to use them. Upon the death of the Surviving Spouse the Veteran’s Family may keep one plate as an heirloom. California Vehicle Code 5101.8

Gold Star Family plate California Gold Star Family Licenses Plate: The California Gold Star license plate is offered to eligible Family members of a Service member, serving on active duty, that was killed in the line of duty in one of the following situations:

  • During wartime service

  • During an international terrorist attack against the U.S. or a friendly foreign nation

  • During military operations while serving outside the U.S., including commonwealths, territories, and possessions

  • As part of a peacekeeping force.

Family members eligible for the Gold Star Family License plate are:

  • Surviving Spouse

  • Parents (biological, adoptive, step or foster)

  • Child (biological, adoptive, step)

  • Sibling or half-sibling

  • Grandparent

  • Grandchild.

There is no issue fee or renewal fee for the first set license plates. Applicants must take a copy of the Service member’s DD1300 Report of Casualty and proof of Family relationship to a California County Veterans Service Office for verification. The CVSO will complete a Project Gold Star License Plate Application then all documents and the Special Recognition License Plate Application can be submitted to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. California Vehicle Code 5156(d)(1)

CA Medal of Honor plate California Medal of Honor License Plates: Recipients of the Medal of Honor are eligible for the California Medal of Honor license plate. There is no registration fee, issue fee or renewal fee for the first set of plates.

Veterans must provide a copy of their service record, or other official documentation indicating they were awarded the Medal of Honor. A Surviving Spouse of a deceased Veteran who was issued these license plates may continue to use them. Upon the death of the Surviving Spouse the Veteran’s Family may keep one plate as an heirloom. California Vehicle Code 5101.6

Learn more about California Special Recognition Military and Veteran Vehicle License Plates

CA Disabled Veteran plate California Disabled Veteran License Plates: The California Disabled Veteran license plates are offered to Veterans that have a service-connected injury or disease they received while serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. There is no registration fee, issue fee or renewal fee for the first set of plates. The California Disabled Veteran license plates authorize:

  • Parking spaces with the International Symbol of Access (wheelchair symbol)

  • Parking next to blue painted curbs (indicates disability parking)

  • Unlimited parking next to a green curb (indicates limited time parking)

  • Metered parking at no charge

  • Parking in an area that requires a resident or merchant permit

  • Service stations must refuel a disabled Veteran’s vehicle at self-service rates unless the service station has only one employee on duty.

Veterans must meet one of the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Service-connected 100% disability rating from the VA or their branch of service that significantly impairs or interferes with mobility

  • Severely disabled and is unable to move without the help of an assistive device

  • Lost, or lost the use of, one or more limbs

  • Permanently blind, as defined in California Welfare and Institutions Code 19153.

To apply disabled Veterans must provide a completed California Department of Motor Vehicles, Miscellaneous Certification (Form 256A), and official documentation of their disability to a California Department of Motor Vehicles, Field Office.

Learn more about the California Disabled Veteran License Plates

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What are my California Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

California National Guard Surviving Spouses and Children Relief Act: The California National Guard Surviving Spouses and Children Relief Act authorizes the payment of a $10,000 death benefit to the Surviving Spouse, or a designated beneficiary of any California National Guard Service member who dies or is killed in the line of duty.

Learn more about the California National Guard Surviving Spouses and Children Relief Act

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The VA provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, active and reserve component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)

  • Service-Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance (S-DVI)

  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI).

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

This plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when a Service member is not on active duty and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

California National Guard Compensation for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death Incurred while on State Active Duty: National Guard Service members that are injured, become ill, disabled or die in the line of duty while serving on state active duty are eligible for medical coverage and compensation under California Labor Code, Division 4 .
Who is eligible for Compensation for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death Incurred while on State Active Duty?
California National Guard service members on state active duty are eligible for coverage and compensation.

Learn more about California National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits incurred while on State Active Duty

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What are my California Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

California Hunting and Fishing Benefits for Service Members and Veterans: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) offers Disabled Veteran SportDisabled Veteran Fishing Fishing and Hunting Licenses and the Recovering Service Member Fishing and Hunting Licenses to eligible Service members and Veterans.

California Disabled Veteran Sport Fishing and Hunting Licenses: Honorably discharged Veterans that have a service-connected disability rating from the VA of 50% or greater can purchase a reduced fee Disabled Veteran Sport Fishing or Hunting license for $8.64 each. Veterans will be required to provide a letter from the VA certifying they received an honorable discharge and have a disability rating of 50% or greater.

California Recovering Service Member Sport Fishing and Hunting Licenses: Service members in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces that are receiving medical treatment or therapy in an out-patient status while recovering from a service-connected serious injury or illness can purchase a Recovering Service Member Sport Fishing or Hunting license for $8.64 each. Service members will be required to provide a letter from their commanding officer or from a military medical doctor verifying their eligibility.

Veterans and Service members must prequalify for the Disabled Veteran and Recovering Service member licenses before they can apply for a license. Applicants must provide the following to prequalify:

  • Driver’s license

  • GO (Get Outdoors) ID number (new customers must register for an account to purchase licenses, GO ID registration webpage)

  • Required official documentation of eligibility

  • Telephone number

  • Email address (optional, may process quicker)

  • Proof of hunter education (for hunting licenses only).

Prequalifying requests may be submitted by:

After prequalifying, applicants can purchase these licenses online at the CDFW Online License Sales and Services webpage or at any CDFW license sales office.

Learn more about California Hunting and Fishing Benefits for Service Members and Veterans

California State Parks, Free Lifetime Distinguished Veteran Pass: The California State Park Distinguished Veteran Pass is a free lifetime pass available to eligible Veterans. This pass authorizes use of all basic facilities, including day use, camping and boating at California State Parks at no charge. The Distinguished Veteran Pass must California State Park Distinguished Veteran Passbe renewed every 5 years.
Who is eligible for the California State Parks, Free Lifetime Distinguished Veteran Pass? Veterans must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • California resident

  • Wartime Veteran

  • Received an Honorable Discharge

  • Veteran that has a 50% or greater service-connected disability rating from the VA, or

  • Former prisoner of war, or

  • Medal of Honor recipient.

To apply for the California State Park Distinguished Veteran Pass, Veterans must mail their completed application and copies of required documents (see section B of the application for a list of documents) to:

California State Parks
Attn: Distinguished Veteran Pass Program
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296-0001

California Distinguished Veteran Pass Application Requirements
California Department of Parks and Recreation, Distinguished Veteran Pass Application

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What are my California Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA) Home Loans: The CDVA offers direct loans from the state to eligible Veterans for purchasing a home. CDVA Home Loan products have below market interest rates with low or no down payment requirements. There is no limit on the number of times a Veteran can apply and receive a CDVA home loan.
Who is eligible for a CDVA Home Loan? Veterans must be purchasing an owner-occupied home in missle launching California and meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for 90 days or more (does not include active duty for training)

  • Received an honorable discharge

  • No prior residency requirement.

For the most current rates or more information please call 866-653-2510 or email loanapps@calvet.ca.gov.

CDVA, Home Loan Online Application
CDVA, Home Loan Eligibility

Learn more about California Department of Veterans Affairs Home Loans

Veteran Home Barstow Veterans Homes of California (VHC): California has eight VHC locations that offer affordable long-term care to aged and disabled Veterans as well as their eligible Spouses or domestic partners. Their highly trained staff provides first-class, compassionate care in a home like environment. Each VHC has a close-knit atmosphere that offers activities and amenities to enhance their residents’ quality of life.

The VHC range in size from 60 beds to Over 1,000 beds. System-wide, the VHC offers five levels of care (not all levels are offered at all VHC):

  • Independent Living - for residents able to perform activities of daily living with, with little to no assistance

  • Residential Care - Assisted Living - for residents who require minimal assistance and supervision with some activities of daily livingCalifornia Veterans Home in Chula Vista

  •  Intermediate Nursing Care – for residents who require licensed nursing assistance with medications and treatments, and assistance with several daily living activities

  • Skilled Nursing Care – for residents who require 24-hour services from licensed nurses and certified nursing assistants

  • Memory Care – for residents who require a supervised environment that specializes in caring for those with symptoms of confusion, memory loss, difficulty making decisions, solving problems or participating in conversations.

 In addition, each VHC has an Outpatient Clinic that can provide comprehensive medical assessments as well as ongoing primary care.Veteran Home Yountville

VHC locations:

Who is eligible for care in a Veterans Homes of California? To be eligible for admission applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Veteran that served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces (other than training purposes) and received an Honorable or Under Honorable Conditions Discharge

  • Aged 55 or older (no age limit for disabled or homeless Veterans)

  • California resident at the time of application.

Medal of Honor recipients, former prisoners of war, wartime Veterans, homeless Veterans, and those with a 70% or greater service-connected disability rating, are given priority for admission over other applicants.
VHC Admission Application
VHC Applying for Admission Fact Sheet

Learn more about the Veterans Homes of California

California Veterans Cemeteries: California has three state Veterans cemeteries that offer a dignified final resting place for Veterans and their eligible dependents.Northern CA Veterans Cemetery

 Veterans burials are provided free of charge, Spouse and dependent burials are subject to a $796 fee. Any additional expenses associated with the burial (such as a burial permit and funeral home expenses) are the responsibility of the Veteran and/or Family. California does offer a fee waiver for Families that are suffering financial hardship, those interested should contact the cemetery staff for more information.
Who is eligible for interment at a California Veterans Cemeteries?
Eligibility requirements for burial at a California Veterans Cemetery are the same as for VA National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can viewed at the VA, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage . The following are the general eligibility requirements:CA Veterans Cemetery Yountville

  • Discharged from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces under conditions other than dishonorable, or

  • Died while on active duty, or

  • Served at least 20 years in the National Guard or Reserves and qualified for military retired pay (or would have qualified except death occurred before age 60), or

  • Reserve component Service members if they were activated for federal service, (active duty for training does not qualify)

  • Spouses and dependents (burial of dependent Children is limited to unmarried Children under 21 years old or 23 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution or a Child that develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21).

All Veterans are encouraged to complete the California Department of Veterans Affairs, Eligibility for Burial Benefits Determination , Form VSD-002 to establish eligibility prior to need.
California State Veterans Cemeteries Forms and Policies

Learn more about California Veterans Cemeteries

California Military Family Relief Fund (CMFRF): CMFRF provides short term, financial assistance in the form of grants to eligible Service members in the California National Guard who have been impacted by mobilization and deployment.
Who is eligible for assistance from the CMFRF? Service members must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • California National Guard Service member in good standing

  • California resident

  • Called to federal active duty for 60 or more consecutive days

  • Service member's salary has decreased by at least 10%

  • Service member’s household income has decreased by at least 10% after going on active duty

  • Service member’s income has decreased by at least 10%, within six months of returning from active duty

  • Service member was injured and has been discharged from federal active duty and is actively seeking assistance through the VA regarding disability compensation, treatment, or both (applications under this stipulation must be made within 18 months of being released from federal active duty).

Interested National Guard Service members or their Families should contact their unit chain of command or the California National Guard Service member and Family Assistance Helpline at 800-449-9662 to apply.

Learn more about the California Military Family Relief Fund

California Military Families Financial Relief Act: The California Military Families Relief Act allows reserve component Service members that are called to state or federal active duty for 30 days or more to defer certain payments until the end of their period on active duty.Operations control center

These payments include:

  • Mortgages

  • Credit Card payments

  • Retail installment contracts

  • Property taxes on the Service member’s primary residence

  • Utility company bills

  • Student loans

Deferrals can be for up to 180 days in a 365 day period, or for the duration of the Service members active duty plus 60 calendar days, whichever is less.

Learn more about the California Military Families Financial Relief Act

California Department of Veterans Affairs, Division for Women Veterans: The California Department of Veterans Affairs, Division for Women Veterans provides information, advocacy, outreach, and support to Women Veterans and their Families.

The Women Veterans Division also maintains a roster of California women Veterans and will send out updated information regarding benefits, programs, services, and resources throughout California.

For more information please contact the Women Veterans Division by email at womenveterans@calvet.ca.gov or call 916-653-1402.
California Department of Veterans Affairs, Women Veterans Roster Signup Page

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in California

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in California: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.

VA CemeteryLearn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in California

 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in California: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains 10 national cemeteries in California. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in California

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Military Installations and Veterans Affairs Facilities in California

Please see the California Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

Army
Fort Irwin
Fort Hunter Liggett
Presidio of Monterey

Air Force
Beale AFB
Edwards AFB
Travis AFB
Vandenburg AFB
Los Angeles AFB

Marines
Camp Pendleton
Twentynine Palms
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
MC Logistics Base Barstow

Navy
Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake
Naval Air Station Lemoore
Naval Base Coronado
Naval Post Graduate School
Naval Base Ventura County

National Guard
California Military Department

California Army National Guard

California Air National Guard
129th Rescue Wing
144th Fighter Wing
146th Airlift Wing
163rd Attack Wing
195th Wing

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
63rd Readiness Division

Resources

California Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Air National Guard Benefits

Army National Guard Benefits

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Facility Directory California

California Department of Motor Vehicles, Special License Plates

California Department of Veterans Affairs, Education Benefits

California Department of Veterans Affairs, Women Veterans

California Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Resource Book

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

California Employment Development Department, Services for Veterans

California Department of Human Resources, Military Leave

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, California

California Code

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Document Review Date: 15 February 2022