As one of the most significant holidays of the year is quickly approaching, Veterans Day, I would like to thank all of our former service members for the courage and bravery they displayed in ensuring that those at home were safe and sound. Whether your service was in peacetime or wartime, you stepped up to the call of service and made many sacrifices for which we are forever grateful.
My staff members have assembled a list of state resources for veterans as well as some scholarship opportunities relevant to our current and former service men and women.
Although, our resource list is not officially endorsed by the State Senate, our list is meant to aid veterans with their transition from military to civilian life.
It’s an honor to serve you.
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Veteran Resource List
California State Benefits
Name: Department of Motor Vehicles Veteran Resources
Description: Apply for a new Veterans Driver License or get an extension on your existing license if you are away from home; nonresident military exemptions for you and your spouse on vehicle registration, and more.
Name: Veterans and Military Personnel License Plates Benefits
Description: License plates for various veterans and military personnel including, but not limited to special recognition veterans, disabled person and veteran, veteran’s organizations.
Name: State Parks and Recreations Pass
Description: Honorably discharged war veterans who qualify are entitled to a state park and recreation pass which entitles the holder to the use of all basic facilities (day use, camping and boating) in California State Parks at no charge. See website for details.
Name: Business License, Tax, and Fee Waiver
Description: This benefit waives municipal, county, and state business license fees, taxes and fees for veterans who hawk, peddle, or vend any goods, wares, or merchandise owned by the veteran. Limited to honorably discharged veterans who engages in sales (not services) and is contingent upon local jurisdiction.
Name: Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Program
Description: DVBE program helps promote self-reliance for California’s disabled veterans by providing resources that help veterans’ existing businesses.
Name: Property Tax Exemption
Description: The State of California provides a $4,000 real property or personal property exemption for honorably discharged veterans, the spouse, or pensioned-parent of a deceased honorably discharged veteran.
Name: CalVet – California Department of Veterans Affairs
Description: Discover CalVet education, employment, healthcare, housing, and more opportunities for veterans, including advocacy/assistance and help with claims.}
Name: State of California Employment Development Department (EDD)
Description: The EDD assists veterans and their eligible spouses to maximize their employment and training opportunities. EDD representatives provide 24 hour hold on all job listings, customized job search assistance, employer recruitments, and resources.
Name: Student Veteran Guide to Choosing a College, Degree and Career
Description: This extensive guide covers everything veterans need to know about utilizing their post 9/11 GI bill, grants, scholarships and other financial aid options, how to choose the right college and ways to pick a degree program that aligns with each veteran’s skills.
Name: College Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents
Description: This program waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus.
Name: ThanksUSA Scholarship Program
Description: Their mission is to provide college, technical and vocational school need-based scholarships for the children and spouses of active duty US military personnel.
Name: Go Grad: Paying For Graduate School: Military Veterans
Description: Veterans preparing for graduate school will find funding tips in addition to the GI Bill. Many of the sources listed on this guide are tailored to veterans, their spouses or family members looking for alternative options to pay for graduate school.
Name: Fast Web Scholarships for Veterans
Description: Start applying for veteran scholarships on Fast web. There are over 15 opportunities to apply for large and small scholarships for veterans.
Name: Veterans Guide to Online College Success
Description: Created to help veterans reach their academic goals with resources, tips, and expert advice.
Name: College Benefits for Military Dependents
Description: A GI Bill transfer of ownership of GI Bill education benefits from a service member to another eligible family member. Read to learn about qualification requirements and the actual process of transferring GI Bill benefits.
Name: Higher Education Resources for Veterans and Their Families
Description: More than 150 resources to help student veterans and their families overcome the challenges of higher education and career training.
Name: Going Back to School After the Military Guide
Description: More than 1 million veterans are using GI benefits to pursue a higher education. This guide will outline some of the reasons why veterans like you are going back to school, the financial assistance available, and some potential career options upon graduation.