Resources For Veterans

Benefits

eBenefits. This VA website provides access to information on benefits, healthcare, education, and jobs. Once you are registered, you will find this site can be useful for managing your VA benefits, too.

Ventura County Veteran Services Office

Claims Representative. Ventura County Veterans Service Office (VSO) has VA certified claims representatives to assist you with your VA claim. Here is a link for their field office locations. For more information, call their office in Ventura at (805) 477-5155.

California Driver’s License with a veteran’s designation is available through the VSO’s office. Follow the link for the DMV form and verification process 2016 to learn how to purchase this license from DMV.

Education

College Comparison Tool. The VA has a website tool that can assist veterans to determine their educational GI Bill benefits based upon a specific school. Enter the school name to find out tuition, housing and books dollar amount covered by the different GI Bill educational benefits.

CalVet Fee Waiver. The California College Tuition Fee Waiver benefits the spouse and children of U.S. Veterans.  Students meeting eligibility criteria may get their college fees waived if they attend any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. This program does not cover the expense of books, parking or room and board. Check here to see if dependents of veterans may be eligible.

Scholarship Programs. This VC Star article provides information on applying for scholarships through various veterans’ organizations, such as the Military Officers of America Association (MOAA) Scholarship Fund and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) scholarship programs – The Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen.

Jobs

VA Job Seekers Website. Search for jobs using the VA’s employment website that includes federal jobs posted on USA Jobs.

CareerOneStop Job Search. This site labels “Federal Contractor Jobs.”

Careers and Internships at IAVA. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) offers job and internship opportunities, and they are always looking for both civilian and veteran volunteers to help further their mission of connecting, uniting, and empowering post-9/11 veterans. IAVA is headquartered in New York City and has an office in Washington, D.C.

Rite Aid

Rite Aid. Ventura County locations are currently looking for veterans to fill Loss Prevention positions. There are both part-time and full-time positions available. Paid training and flexible hours are available. See below for more information on this opportunity, as well as the application. Click below to download to print.

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Resume Template. Time.com provides a resume design and word template you can download to make your resume stand out.

Social media and your job search. Are you wondering if you need to remove inappropriate posts from your social media accounts? Here is an informative article from the Business News Daily that describes what hiring managers are looking for when they view your social profile.

Training

Free Premium Job Seeker LinkedIn Subscription. The world’s largest professional network is stepping up for Veterans. Sign up now for a free one-year Job Seeker subscription. Signing up provides several upgraded features like better access into who views your profile and free access to Lynda.com training for one year. Your LinkedIn profile must include your military career for veteran verification.

Lynda.com training is normally $24.99 a month and you can sign up for free access for a year with the LinkedIn subscription above. The following PDF shows you how to access this training: lynda.com Online Training

The Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) provides free online access for U.S. Veterans to cyber-security training to help the workforce maintain expertise and foster operational readiness.

Transition GPS Training. Learn how to align your goals with your future career. This standalone Joint Knowledge Online course is available for veterans and family members. Courseware includes lessons on AN employment workshop, federal employment and entrepreneur track self-employment.

Healthcare

VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. This is the VA’s regional office for Ventura County’s VA services. This website provides their address, phone number, additional information on services and directions to the West LA campus and Sepulveda Ambulatory Care facility.

VA Oxnard Community-Based Outpatient Clinic. VA Healthcare services available include: Primary Care, Women’s Health, Dietetics (Dietician), Physical Therapy, Mental Health, Clinical Pharmacy Specialists limited to anticoagulation and diabetic case management, Telehealth (mental health, retinal and audiology), Laboratory, and Radiology. This website provides the Oxnard Community-Based Outpatient Clinic location and additional information.

Vet Center – Ventura. The VA Vet Center in Ventura provides support to combat veterans with counseling and support groups. To learn more or schedule an appointment call (805) 585-1860.

PTSD Resources. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a website for veterans to connect with others who are dealing with issues stemming from military combat and service. You can search for experiences similar to yours and connect with other veterans at Make the Connection.net. The Vet Center offers readjustment counseling at no cost.

Coaching Into Care is a national telephone service of the VA which aims to educate, support, and empower family members and friends who are seeking care or services for a Veteran. The goal is to help Veterans, their family members, and other loved ones find the appropriate services at their local VA facilities and/or in their community. We also provide coaching to family and friends of Veterans who see that a Veteran in their life may be having difficulty adjusting to civilian life.

Make the Connection

Make the ConnectionMakeTheConnection.net is an online resource designed to connect Veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives.

Asbestos.com provides veterans of all military branches information on filing a VA claim for mesothelioma and asbestos. Regardless of the branch of service, veterans are at risk of developing mesothelioma, a cancer caused by inhaling asbestos.

Veterans Memorials

Ventura County Veteran Memorials - Aug 2017
A guide to the Veterans Memorials in Ventura County created by Tom Dotson as a service to our community and our veterans.

Burial Benefits

VA Cemetery Eligibility. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented the pre-need burial eligibility determination program to assist anyone who would like to know if they are eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery. VA is promoting pre-need eligibility determinations to encourage Veterans and their eligible family members to plan in advance to use VA burial benefits that Veterans have earned through their military service. Planning in advance for a Veteran’s or loved-one’s final resting place can eliminate unnecessary delays and reduce stress on a family at a difficult time. Check here to see eligible form.

VA Survivor Benefits and Services

VA Survivor Benefits and Services. The Office of Survivors Assistance (OSA) is a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program designed to provide dedicated and comprehensive support to Survivors and dependents of deceased Veterans and members of the Armed Services. OSA hopes that Survivors and dependents, Veterans, their families, caregivers and others will become more knowledgeable about the benefits and services offered by VA to eligible Survivors and dependents, and take the next steps to apply, if deemed eligible.

VA Survivor Benefits Brief

VA Survivor Benefits Brief. GCVF and the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Chapter 750 were proud to co-host the VA Survivor Benefits Brief on November 7, 2017. The speaker was Moira Flanders, RADM USN (ret.) and Director of the VA Office of Survivors Assistance.

She provided valuable information for family members of veterans to receive the most benefits possible when they lose their loved one. She also discussed the importance of veterans to prepare ahead of time by completing a pre-burial form.

To hear the brief in its entirety, the podcast from the brief is below.