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Veteran Resources

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…
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
Phone: 714-776-0161
Fax: 714-748-4573

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 assist 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

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