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Sonoma Family Life Magazine

Veterans Connect

Jul 31, 2019 05:24PM

Welcome!

The Veterans Resource Center is now open at the Central branch in Santa Rosa. This is a grant-funded program in partnership between California Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the California State Library. The Resource Center is staffed by trained volunteers who can guide you to benefits, services, and programs that veterans and their dependents may be entitled to.

Additionally, there is a collection of library materials that support our mission.

Visit us on Tuesdays, from 12:00-14:00; Thursdays, from 10:00-12:00; Fridays, from 12:00-14:00; and Sundays from 14:00-16:00.

HOTLINES

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans

1-877-4AID-VET
(877) 424-3838

Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness—and their family members, friends and supporters—can make the call to or chat online where trained counselors are ready to talk confidentially 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Veteran’s Crisis Line/ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255 (press 1)

A hotline for veterans in crisis

HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES

Santa Rosa VA Clinic

3841 Brickway Blvd
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-569-2300

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 

This webpage focuses on questions that military personnel often ask, concerning treatment resources, disclosure and staying healthy during the transition to civilian life. 

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 

Walgreens: Free flu vaccinations

In partnership with the VA, Walgreens pharmacies are offering free flu vaccinations to veterans. Refer to webpage for details.

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

Veteran’s Resource of America

Offers Supportive Services for Veterans and Families (SSVF)-- assistance transitioning into permanent housing if low-income. Also offers a transitional housing program, and House-Behavioral Health Treatment program.  

Sonoma County Vet Connect

Our mission is to provide outreach to all former military service members and their families and to assist them in obtaining access to services and benefits due them for their service to our country.

Sonoma County Vet Connect. Inc. is a (501) (C) (3) non-profit corporation. We have federal, state and local government agencies and select non-profit service providers to assist veterans and their families.

Sonoma County Vet Connect Clinic
Tuesdays, 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Veterans Memorial Building
1351 Maple Avenue
Santa Rosa, California

Sonoma County Veterans Service Office

Supporting veterans and their families, the Sonoma County Veterans Service Office (VSO) can help you understand the benefits available to you.

They assist with applications for Federal Veterans Administration (VA), State and local benefits.
These programs may include medical care, funds for education and benefits for your family.

Sword to Plowshares 

Based in San Francisco, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides needs assessment and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to roughly 3,000 veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area each year. We also advocate on behalf of veterans and provide community education for over 1,500 first responders, employers, social workers, attorneys, and other professionals who engage with veterans.

Check out their Self-help Guides. 

Californian Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet)

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

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

United States Department of Veteran Affairs

Taken from their mission statement: ‘To fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.’

VA Caregiver’s Support Line

1-855-260-3274

Caregivers play an important role in the health and well-being of Veterans. The Caregiver Support Program offers training, educational resources, and multiple tools to help you succeed. Please contact our Caregiver Support Line for advice on being a caregiver. 

Wounded Warrior Project—Resource Center 

1-888-WWP-ALUM
1-888-997-2586
M-F; 9-9 EST

Warriors and their families can call toll-free for help finding programs and resources for veterans.

2-1-1

We are here to help you navigate the extensive benefits and services available to you, including health care support, financial assistance and counseling, legal assistance, and educational support.

Social Security Agency- Veterans

Landing page for information for veterans regarding their relationship to SSA.

State of California Department of Motor Vehicles (CA DMV)

The information on the following pages has been developed specifically for Veterans, active military, and their family members. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) wants to help you access the proper information and documents to assist in your driver license and vehicle registration needs.

EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING SERVICES

Veteran’s Affairs--Santa Rosa Junior College

The Santa Rosa Junior College is an approved community college for the training of veterans and veteran's dependents under the various public laws of the United States and California Veteran enactment's.

Veteran’s Services--Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University is proud to serve military-connected students. The Center for Transfer and Transition Programs and the Financial Aid Office have partnered to provide academic, social, and financial services to ensure the success of our student veterans, reservists, and dependents.

Veteran’s 2 Work

Help veterans harness their strengths and launch their best-fit civilian careers. As well as helps businesses identify and hire the best-fit veterans for specific openings.

Sonoma County Job Link 

(707) 565-5550

Job Link offers a variety of free services to Sonoma County job seekers, employers, and youth.  We provide job search assistance, training funds for new careers and opportunities to connect employers with qualified job seekers.

USA Jobs

 If you’re a Veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veterans’ preference, as well as other veteran specific hiring options. USAJOBS connects job seekers with federal employment opportunities across the United States and around the world. As the Federal Government’s official employment site, USAJOBS provides resources to help the right people find the right jobs.

California State Employment

The Employment Development Department (EDD) is California's designated state workforce agency. The Veterans' Program is a grant-funded program administered by the EDD Workforce Services Branch. The EDD Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists and Local Veterans' Employment Representatives (LVER) staff are located at the America's Job Centers of California to coordinate, along with partner agencies, a wide array of services, including but not limited to, employment services, job training, vocational education, supportive services, and participation in community college programs.

County of Sonoma Qualifications for Veterans Preference 

Qualifications for Veterans Preference for County of Sonoma jobs requiring examinations.

LEGAL SERVICES

National Veterans Legal Services Program

NVLSP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has worked since 1980 to ensure that the government delivers to our nation's 22 million veterans and active duty personnel the benefits to which they are entitled.

WOMEN VETERANS

Women Veterans Alliance

We are the premier network focused on directly impacting the quality of life of women veterans. We do this through transforming the way the community networks to bring people and programs directly together through an energetic grass roots platform.