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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status.
This site is the result of a collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD). It serves Veterans, Service members, Wounded Warriors, their family members, and their authorized caregivers. eBenefits offers…
- a secure environment for safe access to personal information and self-service tasks;
- applications (online and PDF) for disability compensation and various benefits;
- employment resources;
- a personalized Dashboard that can be customized to suit individual preferences and information needs;
- access to the National Resource Directory, which provides links to resources on a variety of subjects.
Goodwill Tierney Center for Veteran Services
Goodwill of Orange County’s Tierney Center for Veteran Services is a global approach to serving veterans and their families. We serve all veterans in Orange County, including immediate family members, and military personnel and families. Regardless of when you served, how you were discharged, whether you were active duty, National Guard or reserves, you sacrificed and served our country and now it is our turn to serve you.
We have hundreds of services, partners and resources in the community to meet any and all of your unique needs. And all of our services are provided to you and your family at no cost to you. We can help you and your family with:
- Employment and Career Counseling: Helping you find a job. We provide a number of services to help get you to work, including resume preparation, job readiness training, job leads and more. Our team can help you and your family find economic independence and self-sufficiency.
- Education Services: Helping you take full advantage of the education resources available. Our team can help you find benefits and financial aid, select a great college and major, and more.
- Housing Assistance: Helping you and your family find a home. Let us help place you into the best housing option for you, whether that means emergency housing or permanent living arrangements.
- Healthcare & Benefits: Making sure you and your family are receiving the healthcare benefits you have earned and deserve.
- Legal Services: Helping you address and resolve any pending legal issues, including divorce, child support or eviction.
- Financial Counseling: Helping you and your family manage your finances. Our team can help with money management, tax preparation and more.
- Women Veterans Services: Helping women veterans find and access resources they deserve in a safe, supported environment. Our team is equipped to address the specific needs of women who have served.
At the Tierney Center, we understand that helping veterans access the benefits and services that are available to them will, in many situations, require personalized assistance. With that in mind, we offer a one-stop shop program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), County of Orange Veterans Services Office (VSO), the Department of Defense (DOD), the local veteran collaborative, and many public and private service providers.
Call 855-99-VETERAN (1-855-99-8383726) or email us
Tierney Center for Veteran Services
1231 Warner Avenue
Tustin, CA 92780
Web resource for all aspects of military living: includes military news, pay and benefits, education, veteran resources, reunions and locators.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is the nation’s first and largest group dedicated to the troops and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civilian supporters of those troops and veterans.
Student Veterans of America
Student Veterans of America (SVA) is a coalition of student veterans groups from college campuses across the United States. Founded in January of 2008, SVA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that works to develop new student groups, coordinate between existing student groups, and advocate on behalf of student veterans at the local, state, and national level.
North Orange County Vet Center
A mental health and counseling center for combat veterans supporting individual, group, marriage and family, military sexual trauma, and bereavement counseling. The Vet Center also provides VA referral sources and substance abuse assessments. Appointments are available at the Huntington Beach Library on Fridays by calling 949-348-6700. For all other services please use the information below.
12453 Lewis St. Suite 101
Garden Grove, CA 92840
Orange County Veteran Services Office
The O.C. County Veterans Service Office will actively pursue the rights of veterans and dependents of the United States Armed Forces to receive Department of Veterans Affairs benefits. The office works collaboratively with nationally chartered veterans organizations, the Department of Veterans Affairs and others to ensure veterans and their dependents receive the entitlements they have earned for their military service.
The office also assists with applications for the California College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents (CalVet) benefit which waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus.
Outside the Wire
U.S.VETS created Outside the Wire (OTW), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization to provide preventative and early mental health treatment to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
California is home to a large percentage of the nation’s veterans. Many veterans don’t ask for the help they need. Whether they are frustrated by waiting months for an appointment, or afraid to revisit the memories, about 60 percent of veterans returning from combat duty with PTSD won’t seek treatment. OTW aims to make these crucial services more readily available, by bringing them where many of these veterans already are – on campus.
Meet with Dr. Miatta Snetter at 2:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month in the GWC Veterans Resource Center, or contact Msnetter@usvetsinc.org
The Soldiers Project
The Soldiers Project is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing free, confidential psychological services to US military veterans who have served at any time after September 11, 2001, and their loved ones.
Veteran’s Legal Institute
Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless, at-risk, disabled and low-income current and former service members to eradicate barriers to housing, healthcare, education, and employment and foster self-sufficiency. VLI also advocates on behalf of its clients by providing community education and policy advocacy in an effort to increase awareness, resources, and overall protections to current and former members of the US military.
A free legal clinic is held the second Tuesday of every month at the Pantages Theater (Long Beach VA Hospital.)
Resources Recommended by the VA
- Department of Labor’s My Next Move for Vets
- Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
- VA’s CareerScope® Interest Inventory
- VA’s GI Bill Comparison Tool
- FTC’s “Choosing a College” Guide
- Department of Education’s database of accredited institutions and programs
- College Factual
- ACE’s Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions
- ACE’s Military Guide for College Credit
- Student Veterans of America Organization Directory
- Overview of the President’s Principles of Excellence
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Paying for College Tool
- Department of Education’s Federal Direct Loan Program
- Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Overview
- Department of Education’s Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
- FinancialAid.org’s “College Partnerships and Articulation Agreements”