UCI Veteran Services Center

Off-Campus Resources

Section 1

Crisis Hotline for Veterans

24 Hour toll-free prevention service available to anyone in crisis.
1-800-273-TALK(8255)
Press "1" to reach the veteran hotline
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Compliments of Congresswoman Grace Flores Napolitano

VA Mental Health

The VA recognizes that some groups of Veterans have special mental health needs. In response to these needs, VA has developed special programs tailored for these groups and the following website with many resources for all mental health needs.
www.mentalhealth.va.gov 

Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration is launching a new initiative in mid-March to provide expedited processing of disability claims filed by veterans who have a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T).
http://www.ssa.gov/people/veterans/

Volunteer Services


American Soldier Network

American Soldier Network

About 
American Soldier Network (ASN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Southern California, with marketing efforts extending across the nation. The group’s primary goal is to raise national awareness and support for US troops. ASN embraces all who are truly impacting US veterans and currently serving the military and their families. ASN’s strategy to accomplish this goal is through the television medium by capturing real stories and giving troops a true voice in broadcast media. ASN urges all Americans to help supporting the troops.

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AmVets and Team Amvets

AmVets

AmVets Mission
To enhance and safe­guard the enti­tle­ments for all Amer­i­can Vet­er­ans who have served hon­or­ably and to improve the qual­ity of life for them, their fam­i­lies, and the com­mu­ni­ties where they live through lead­er­ship, advo­cacy and services.

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American Soldier Network

Team AmVets Mission
Our mission is to provide support for the Team AMVETS Department of California and to ensure resources are available to the men and women who have served our great nation, and to enhance the mental, physical and social well-being of all Veterans in California. 

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Association for the United States Army

Association for the United States Army

About
Since 1950, the Association of the United States Army has worked to support all aspects of national security while advancing the interests of America's Army and the men and women who serve.

AUSA is a private, non-profit educational organization that supports America's Army - Active, National Guard, Reserve, Civilians, Retirees, Government Civilians, Wounded Warriors, Veterans, and family members. AUSA provides numerous Professional Development Opportunities at a variety of events both local and national.

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Brenai Foundation

Brenai Foundation

About
Brenai Foundation Linking Our Troops Through Music is a nationwide project bridging our Veterans with military focused employers, transition housing, and music therapy tools for Veteran children.

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CalVets

CALVETS

Mission
Serve California’s veterans and their families.

Goals

  • Increase the accessibility and utilization of benefits and services through advocacy and education.
  • Provide the highest quality of CalVet-sponsored care and services to veterans and their families.
  • Make CalVet an employer of choice by investing in the development of our employees.
  • Provide premier long-term care with fiscal efficiencies.

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Coalition to Salute America's Heroes

Coalition to Salute America's Heros

About
The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes was established to ensure that in return for the sacrifices they made for us, these wounded veterans and their families receive all the support needed to restore their hope and rebuild their lives.

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Goodwill, Veterans and Families 

Goodwill, Veterans and Families


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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Military Warriors Support Foundation

About
Founded in 2004 by an Iraq veteran, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the first and largest organization for new veterans and their families, with nearly 300,000 members and supporters nationwide. IAVA is a 21st century veterans’ organization dedicated to standing with the 2.6 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan from their first day home through the rest of their lives. 

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Military Warriors Support Foundation

Military Warriors Support Foundation

About
Military Warriors Support Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, founded by Lt. General, Leroy Sisco, USA (Ret), in 2007. Our Mission is to provide support for our nation’s combat wounded heroes and Gold Star Families as they transition out of the military and into their new civilian life. This is a very fragile time for these heroes, and their families, and it is our goal to provide programs that facilitate a smooth and successful transition. Our programs include home donation, academic and employment assistance, as well as recreational activities.

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National Veterans Foundation (NVF) 

National Veterans Foundation

Mission
To serve the crisis management, information and referral needs of all U.S. Veterans and their families through: Management and operation of the nation’s only toll-free helpline for all veterans and their families. Public awareness programs that shine a consistent spotlight on the needs of America’s veterans. Outreach services that provide veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment, and other essential resources.

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OC Veteran Services Office 

OC Veteran Services Office

About
The Orange County Veterans Service Office provides free benefit claims counseling and information and referral assistance to veterans, their dependents and survivors. Have a question regarding your entitlement to State and Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Veterans Benefits? Need assistance completing benefit claim paperwork? Have you been denied DVA veterans benefits? Need to obtain a verification of eligibility or verification of benefits for financial assistance programs? Need assistance understanding DVA decisions or correspondence? We also provide information and assistance on Health Care eligibility, Home Loan Programs, Government Life Insurance, and the Vocational Rehabilitation Program for veterans with disabilities.

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Online College Resources for Veterans

Online College Resources for Veterans

The College Database recently created a free online guidebook for military veterans and their families.

The free 20-page guide titled "Higher Education Resources for Veterans and Their Families", includes detailed research by Ron Kness, a 36-year military veteran and expert in the service-to-school transition. The guide also has more than 150 resources with links to (and brief descriptions of) each.

Click here for a copy of the guidebook.

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Operation Care and Comfort

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Working with sports teams, event venues and season ticket holders, OCC has distributed tens of thousands donated tickets to military families and veterans in the San Francisco Bay area and Northern California, free of charge.

Click here to learn more, or to donate.

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Operation Homefront

Operation Home Front

Mission
Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.

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Operation Silver Star

Operation Silver Star

About
OPERATION SILVER STAR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting wounded and returning combat military veterans of all eras. Our focus is on assisting these heroes and their families in providing for the financial, material, logistic and informational needed and necessary to get them through the most difficult time of their lives to the best of our ability.

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PenFed Foundation 

PenFed Foundation

About
The PenFed Foundation is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization working to meet the unmet needs of the military personnel and their families in the areas of financial literacy, housing and support for the wounded.  We work to prevent medical emergencies from turning into financial hardships for our nation's defenders.

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Purple Hearts Homes

Purple Hearts Homes

Mission
Purple Heart Homes, Inc. is dedicated to providing personalized housing solutions for Service Connected Disabled Veterans and their families that are substantial in function, design and quality—homes that are fit to welcome home, and thank, the fighting men and women of America. Each case is different, but in all cases Purple Heart Homes provides at little or no cost to the veteran a “quality of life solution” that creates an injury specific, barrier free-living environment. These solutions can range from remodeling an existing home already owned by the veteran, to creating an entire living space from the ground up.

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Santa Ana College Veterans Upward Bound Program

ReserveAid

About
The SAC VUB program provides eligible veterans with a comprehensive academic program which provides the veteran with critical core subject study and review in preparation for college placement and entrance exams when matriculating at a post-secondary institution.

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Semper Fi Fund

Semper Fi Fund

About
The Semper Fi Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and its program America's Fund, are set up to provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. We direct urgently needed resources to post 9/11 service members, who meet our criteria for assistance, from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserves.

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Student Veterans of America

Student Veterans of America

Mission
To provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.

Vision
All veterans will succeed in higher education, achieve their academic goals, and gain meaningful employment.

About SVA
Today's veterans face numerous obstacles in their path of attaining a college degree. These challenges range from a missing sense of camaraderie to feeling like an outsider amongst 18 year old traditional students to a lack of understanding by university faculty. When coupled with the visible and invisible wounds of war, a college degree can be an elusive goal for men and women returning from military service. Student Veterans of America (SVA) makes that goal a reality.

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Support The Enlisted Project 

Support The Enlisted Project

Mission & Purpose
STEP's mission is to provide emergency financial and transition assistance grants to active duty and recently discharged enlisted military and their families.

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U.S. Small Business Administration

If you are a veteran or service-disabled veteran, SBA has resources to help you start and grow your small business. From creating a business plan to finding your first customer, we're here to help you succeed.

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United States Veterans Initiative

United States Veterans Iniative

Mission
The successful transition of military veterans and their families through the provision of housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support.

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Unmet Needs

Unmet Needs is there to help America's service members who have been deployed in the last six years and have run into unexpected financial difficulties as a result of deployment or other military-related activity. The program provides financial aid of up to $5,000 to assist with basic life needs in the form of a grant -not a loan- so no repayment is required. To further ease the burden, we pay the creditor directly.

Since the program's inception, Unmet Needs has distributed over $5 million in assistance to qualified military families, with nearly half of those funds going directly toward basic housing needs. 

The needs of our veterans, service members and their families should never go unmet. Let us offer you a hand up when you need it!

Please review the Unmet Needs eligibility criteria to see if you or someone you know qualifies for a grant through the Unmet Needs program.
 
If you're eligible, APPLY TODAY
Contact Unmet Needs at 1-866-789-6333 or by email at unmetneeds@vfw.org with any questions.

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Veterans First

Veterans First

Mission
For over forty years, our goal at Veterans First has been to honor every brave man or woman who has served this country by helping to restore dignity to those whose sacrifices defending the freedoms we cherish have left them in need. Every person who raises their hand and takes a pledge to defend our country is a hero. Until there are no American heroes sleeping in the streets, in cars or in alleyways, we will be there for them just as they were there for all of us. 

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Veterans of Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Iraqi Freedom Scholarship

Scholarships of $2500 each are offered to active-duty and honorably discharged U.S. military veterans (to include Reservists and National Guard personnel) of the Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) or Iraqi Freedom operations who are actively pursuing an undergraduate degree in an eligible major at accredited two or four-year institutions in the United States. Distance-learning or online programs affiliated with a major U.S. institution are eligible.

www.afcea.org/education/scholarships
www.afceanova.org

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Volunteers of America, Veteran Services 

Volunteers of America, Veteran Services

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Working Wardrobes VetNet

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VetNet operates on several levels:

Veteran services: The training services for Veterans, available through the Working Wardrobes Career Success Network, include access to our job placement services. Our focus is on the transitioning Veteran or those at risk of becoming homeless as well as the reintegrating or recovering Veteran.

Corporate Education: We share the best practices available for Veteran recruiting, hiring and retention. Our goal is to provide the HR executive with a working knowledge of the Veteran Talent Pool. Aside from advanced life skills, they bring; leadership, loyalty, mission dedication, organizational skills and a work ethic typically far exceeding their civilian peers

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