HAWTHORNE VETERANS WHERE ARE YOU ?
The City of Hawthorne wants to find you and make certain that, as a Veteran, you get the recognition you deserve and that you are aware of the many services and benefits available to you.
- All Veteran Services are available through www.va.gov
- LA Veterans Collaboration offers help through LA Based government and private agencies. Link with them through facebook or other social media tools
- Hiring information for employers and job seekers: https://www.vets.gov/veterans-employment-center
- Volunteers of America Los Angeles for training, employment, housing and pride: Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
- National Caregiver Support Program, a national caregiver support program for caregivers of veterans; www.caregiver.va.gov; (1-855-260-3274)
- The 9-11 HelpAmerica Foundation, to provide resources and support to wounded veterans: Contact Mike Talleda; (310) 780-4540 or Email: email@example.com
- Mobility Works, adaptive vehicles for Bruno lifts and seating: www.mobilityworks.com
Email:VALifts@MobilityWorks.com; (888) 900-8833
- Handicapped Scuba Association International (HAS) and Disabled Veterans SCUBA Project; Training the Adaptive SCUBA diver to enjoy the underwater world:
Disabled VeteransScubaProject.org; Melvin Pasley (562) 421-3094; www.hsascuba.com
- Burn Pits 360: Developed in an effort to promote awareness of disease and illness of our Military, Veterans, and Contractors due to environmental toxic chemical exposures from burn pits in war zones www.burnpits360.org
5th Veterans Resource Guide: The Veterans Resource Guide is being updated every 12 months since Jan. 2012. Sections with resources were added (such as Entrepreneur & Business Development, Sports Therapy for Veterans, Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) for PTSD , R&R for Active Duty & Vets andM.A.C. Travel) https://app.box.com/s/db8wll2uzkqbaxepwn4b083pb1onq0la (downloadable pdf) or http://www.slideshare.net/TaliaWesley/5th-edition-veterans-resources-guide-december-2014-44278670 (slide show)
Air Force Sergeants Association: Protect those who serve, and have served. AFSA represents its 100,000 members by advocating for their interests to America’s elected and military leaders. As a federally-chartered Veteran Service Organization, AFSA is able to lobby on Capitol Hill on behalf of its members. http://www.hqafsa.org/
DMV Salutes Active Military and Veterans: Information for Veterans, active military, and their family members. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) wants to help you access the proper information and documents to assist in your driver license and vehicle registration needs. http://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/coi/veterans/veterans
LA County Department of Military and Veterans Affairs: http://mva.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/mva
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority: Veteran Resources. The Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration has HUD VASH Program Vouchers available http://www.lahsa.org/veteran_resources
Disabled American Veterans: DAV is the most long-lasting veterans advocacy and assistance group in this country. We’ve watched this country change and grow, and we’ve grown along with it. However, DAV has never wavered in its core mission to fulfill our country’s promises to the men and women who served. We invite everyone, veterans and civilian, men and women, young and old, to join us as we stand up for those veterans who risked it all when they stood up for us, our country, and our ideals https://www.dav.org/
Mindful Warrior Project: Are you overwhelmed and frustrated; Be Free, Be Well, Be Whole: www.mindfulwarriorproject.org
Need Help Navigating LA? – Connect with another veteran to find resources you need: Text2Vet: 52211
Making a Memory: veterans medals program aids soldiers, families: www.archives.gov/veterans/replace-medals.html
Veterans Choice Program: provides eligible veterans with the option to receive community care from approved providers in their communities. Find out if you’re eligible: www.va.gov/health or call 866-606-8198
Wounded Heroes of America: http://woundedheroesofamerica.org/new_site/ Building the Fellowship - Though our relationship with wounded Veterans may begin with some financial assistance, it evolves into so much more. We get together for coffee, go to lunch, and organize recreational activities. Our Vets may be guarded at first but they soon relax and gain strength from knowing they are not alone, that they can help each other and even laugh again. We foster a sense of community much like these Vets knew on the battlefield.
Veterans & Mesothelioma
Veterans who develop mesothelioma as a result of their service in the military are entitled to benefits and assistance from the U.S. government.
How Can I Receive My VA Benefits?
Veterans make up the largest group of people diagnosed with mesothelioma because asbestos was so widely used by the military. Veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma are entitled to disability compensation, pension and/or medical benefits through the VA. Surviving spouses and dependents may also qualify for compensation from the VA.
Asbestos Diseases Are Recognized by the VA
Veterans with mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer can receive full financial benefits from the VA. Learn how you and your family can get access to these benefits with our free Veteran’s Support Guide.
Help Filing a Claim
Free help is available to veterans filing claims with the VA. Filing claims is a complex process because patients have to present evidence to show that their diagnosis was a result of active-duty service.
Caregivers and Dependents
The VA offers benefits to support veteran caregivers as well as compensation for a patient’s dependents.
For more information and additional resources for our veterans, check out the below website.
- All Glory Project
- Battle Buddy Bridge Program
- County of Los Angeles: Homeless Initiative Draft Recommendation
- No Place Like Home Initiative
- LA Homeless Services Authority
- Department of Veterans Affairs - Budget in Brief 2016
- Dream Center - Transitional housing program to equip veterans with the spiritual and practical growth needed to lay a firm foundation for moving forward after their military service.
- Financial Coaching
- Free Tax Services - Beginning 1/28/18 with annual income below 54k in 2017
- Veterans Outpost - Orange County Rescue Mission Transitional Housing Program
- Habitat For Heroes: (Habitat LA) is offering veterans and their families affordable home ownership and repair opportunities.
- Habitat For Humanity
- Habitat For Humanity ReStore - low-cost building and home improvement matrials
- Homes 4 Families - Homeownership is possible in Palmdale, CA
- Hollywood Veteran Center - Transitional housing program for homeless
- Free Foreclosure Prevention Program - Keep Your Home California
- Mortgage Modification and Foreclosure Scams - Alert
- Volunteers of America - Promote housing stability among very low income familes
- NAVSO: Is dedicated to improving the lives of our veteran and military families.
- Benefits Based on Character of Service
- Recognizing an Aid & Attendance Candidate - VetAssist Program
- California Veterans Assistance Foundation - Organizations for Veterans
- Community Veterans Engagement Board - Forum for collaboration among public and private resources, services and advocates
- Mindful Warrior Project - Guide veterans in mindfulness practices that empower them to be free, be well, and be whole in their daily lives
- Real Voice - Create community among women who have served
- Sign-up for nutritious low cost meals delivered to your home - Meals on Wheels
- STEP - Support the Enlisted Project
- UCLA Military Appreciation - 50% off Athletics Home Events
- Useful References
- VA Photo ID Cards for All Veterans - Department of Veterans Affairs
- Veterans Benefits Administration - Basic information about programs, eligibility, links to online application sites
- Veterans Connect @ the Library - Meet a benefit coach for benefits you may qualify for
- Veteran Designation DMV License - New Cal Law
- Veteran Driver License and ID Available - You may qualify to display VETERAN on your driver license or ID card
- Women Veterans Share Your Story and Help Veterans - Public Counsel
- Women Veterans Outreach
- 50+ Aug 2016 - LA LGBT Center's Newsletter for Senior Services
- 211 LA County - Information on Health and Social Services
- Circle of Health - Classes to Improve Your Health @ West Los Angeles
- Free Pain Treatments for Veterans - Laser pain treatment
- Heal Healthy at Home - County of Los Angeles Meals on Wheels Association
- Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program - Recovery oriented assistance program
- Operation Family Caregiver: Coaches the families of newly returning service members and veterans to manage the difficulties they face when they come home.
- Spiritual Resiliency Training - Assist veterans with reconciliation
- Star Family Group - For a child that has experienced or witnessed a stressful event
- Stress, Burn Out, Compassion Fatigue - Team Training
- Vet Center - OIF/OEF/OND Support Groups
- Veterans Health Solutions - First To Care
- Veterans Health Administration - Priorities for Strategic Actions
- VA LA Healthcare System - Community-Based Outpatient Clinics
- Veterans Voice - Aid transitioning to VA healthcare system
- Women's Wellness Program
- Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services
- Apprenticeship Readiness Program Training & Employent Resources - HireLAX
- Business SoftSkills - We Help Veterans Become Career Ready
- Cal State LA Downtown - offers degree, certificate and professional development programs
- Culinary Arts Training - For Veterans and family members
- Employment Programs For Veterans - South Bay Work Investment Board
- Entry Level Bio-manufacturing Tech - Career Training Program
- Enhanced Workforce Transition Assistance - For Military Professional and Spouses seeking Civilian Employment
- Homeless Female Veterans Employment Based Program - Volunteers of America
- Learn to Code Web Developer Coding Bootcamp
- Los Angeles Valley College Job Training - No Cost programs
- LATTC Management Courses
- Military Veteran to Civilian Career Pathway Program - Providing Career Services to Recently Separated Veterans
- CalVet College Tuition Fee Waiver - For Dependents of Service-Connected Disabled Veterans
- Post 9/11 Veteran: Job & career resources
- Professional Certifications For Veterans - Sponsored by Verizon Foundation
- Seniors Helping Seniors - Caregivers Wanted
- Student Equity Funding - dedicated funding to support college efforts
- Veterans America's Job Center - Provide high quality, comprehensive career and employment services exclusively to veterans
- Veteran Services Regional Representatives - California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
Other resource contact information
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program to promote housing stability for low-income Veteran families: US Vets SSVF Program Coordinator (310) 744-6536
- A 60-bed Residential Care Facility for veterans also known as “assisted living:” William J. “Pete” Knight, Veterans Home of California-Lancaster, 45221 30th Street West, Lancaster, CA 93536 (661) 974-7035, Ext. 6.
- An Exceptional Veteran Community: Westside Residence Phase I, 725 Hindry Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90301; (310) 496-8132
- County of Los Angeles, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, 2615 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90047; (213) 744-4825 or
Peter Roman, Veterans Counselor, County of Los Angeles, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, 17600 S. Santa Fe Avenue, #B, Rancho Dominquez, CA 90221; (310) 761-2221
- U.S. VETS, the largest operator of homeless veterans programs in the country;
U.S. Vets Inglewood, 733 S. Hindry Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90301; (310) 348-7600; or
U.S. Vets Long Beach, Villages at Cabrillo, 2001 River Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90810; (562) 388-8104
- ACCESS, the Orange County Transportation Authority’s (OCTA) shared-ride paratransit service; (714) 560-OCTA