Housing

Habitat for Humanity/Restore - Habitat Riverside is currently accepting applications for Veteran Build. If your family's income qualifies between 50-80% AMI and you are a veteran, reservist, or family of the fallen, please see Veteran Build Qualification Criteria

(951) 787-6754 x 131

http://www.habitatriverside.org/programs/home/

 Homes for Our Troops - Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post – 9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.

866-7-TROOPS (866-787-6677)

https://www.hfotusa.org/mission/


Education

County of Riverside Dept. of Veterans Services - Apply for a College Tuition Fee Waiver

http://veteranservices.co.riverside.ca.us/opencms/College/DVS40_2016-2017_Revised_08_2016.pdf

 

Post - 9/11 GI Bill - Veterans may be eligible for education benefits to pay for tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance, books and supplies, and rural benefit payments. Some service members can transfer the benefits to their spouse or children.  A veteran may be eligible if they have at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001 or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Veterans must also have received an honorable discharge or have been medically discharged to be eligible. Typically most education benefits can be collected up to 36 months, however, the maximum that can be collected under any combination program is 48 months.

www.gibill.va.gov

(888) 442-4551


Counseling Services

Military Families Initiative - Military personnel and dependents, veterans, and those living off base may make use of counseling services which are approved for coverage under the TRICARE Military Health Plan. Clients not covered by TRICARE are charged according to a sliding scale based on ability to pay. This is a service of Alternatives to Domestic Violence. All services are confidential.

(951) 320-1370

P.O. Box 910 Riverside, CA 92502


Support Groups

Veterans Supplemental Support Network (VSSN) - Their mission is to end and prevent SUICIDE, homelessness, hunger and hardship among veterans, military and/or their family members. 

Temecula Vet Center - 40935 County Center Drive Ste A Temecula, CA

951-821-VSSN (8776)

http://www.vetsupportnet.org/about_us

 

Military SoS - Military SoS is a support site for military spouses and significant others, open to all loved ones of military service members (active, reserve and retired).

http://www.militarysos.com

 

Blue Star Families - Blue Star Families is a non-partisan, non-profit organization, created by real military families. It is committed to supporting military families through the unique challenges of military service and asking the larger civilian population to help as well, connecting military families regardless of rank, branch of service or physical location, and empowering military family members to create the best personal and family life as possible.

http://www.bluestarfam.org

 

Marine Corps League - SW Riverside County Detachment 1057 - Meets the last Saturday of each month at 0900 hours at

Grand Isle Clubroom  - 24405 Village Walk Place Murrieta, CA 92562

www.mcl1057.org


Wounded Veterans

Operation Silver Star - Assists wounded and returning combat veterans, troops, and their families with urgent financial assistance for basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, home repair payments, utilities, etc. 

(951) 550-7584

administrator@operationsilverstar.org

http://operationsilverstar.org/

 

Wounded Warrior Resource Center - The Wounded Warrior Resource Center provides wounded service members, their families and caregivers information on military facilities, health care services and benefits.

http://www.woundedwarriorresourcecenter.com


Suicide Prevention

Veterans Crisis Line - The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. VA Medical Centers offer mental health and substance abuse treatment, including services for combat-related stress and readjustment issues. 

www.veterancrisisline.net

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline A free 24-hour hotline available if you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Press 1 for a dedicated line for veterans and their families.

Hotline: (800) 273-TALK (8255)

http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/


Unemployment

Employment Development Department (EDD) - Former service members should apply for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits immediately upon separation from active military service. 

(800) 300-5616

http://www.edd.ca.gov

 

USAJOBS - The Federal Government's official one-stop source for Federal Jobs and employment information. Veterans are entitled to preference for civil service jobs filled by competitive jobs.

(877) 872-5627

http://www.usajobs.opm.gov


Employment

R.V.E.T.S. CalFire - Recognizing the hardships accompanying reintegration into the civilian workforce, as well as the valuable skills and experiences veterans possess, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has launched Returning Veterans; Enlisting Their Skills for CAL FIRE Service (R.V.E.T.S).  R.V.E.T.S. is CAL FIRE’s grassroots effort to assist veterans with integration and transition into service with the Department.  In partnership with a variety of organizations including, but not limited to, the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), and the California National Guard (Cal Guard), and the United States Armed Services, R.V.E.T.S. explores a variety of employment options and educational opportunities for veterans who have successfully served as well as those who continue to serve in the National Guard and Reserves.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the R.V.E.T.S. Hotline at 916-327-3985.

http://www.fire.ca.gov/rvets/rvets


Starting a Business

Fitsmallbusiness.com - Provides 23 valuable resources for veterans starting a business including the US Dept of Veteran Affairs, Small Business Administration, Veterans Business Resource Center, and funding options. 

http://fitsmallbusiness.com/startup-resources-for-veterans/


Veteran Benefit Information

E-benefits: Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Defense - Guide to numerous benefits

ttps://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage

 

VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) 

 

Post 1873 Capt. John Francis Drivick III Post - Meeting Location & Time - 7:00PM 2nd Thursday

59011 Bailey Rd  PO Box 390433  Anza, CA 925390433
(951) 763-4439

 http://vfw1873.org/

 

Post 12020 Hemet Post - Meeting Location & Time - 7:00 PM 2nd Thursday

124 N Ramona St  Hemet, CA 92543-4030
(951) 318-2213

 

Post 2266 Harbour-Record Post - Meeting Location & Time - 10:00AM 3rd Saturday

1891 S. Santa Fe Ave  San Jacinto, CA 92583-5028

(951) 925-3523

 

Post 1956 Sun City/Menifee Post - Meeting Location & Time 10:00 AM 2nd Saturday

27101 Sun City Blvd Menifee, CA 92586-2575

(858) 254-9448

http://vfw1956.com/

 

Post 888 Perris Valley Post - Meeting Location & Time - 11:00 AM 2nd Saturday

623 South "D" Street Perris, CA 92570-2104

(951) 940-0051

http://www.vfwperrispost888.com/

 

Post 4089 Temecula Valley Post - Meeting Location & Time - 7:00 PM 2nd Tuesday

28075 Diaz Rd Temecula, CA 92590-3436

(951) 676-1541

http://www.vfw4089.org/

 

Post 1508 Richard Elliott Post - Meeting Location & Time - 7:30 PM 2nd Wednesday

21180 Waite St  Wildomar, CA 92595

(951) 674-4735

http://www.easysite.com/VFWpost1508

 

 

Post 4379 Winchester Valley Post - Meeting Location & Time - 7:00 PM 2nd Wednesday

28780 Whitter Ave  Winchester, CA 92596

(951) 926-5158

 

Murrieta Senior Center - Second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 1:00 pm.

5 Town Square Murrieta CA 92562

(951) 304-7275

http://www.murrietaca.gov/services/cs/senior/default.asp

 

Riverside County Department of Veteran's Services - File claims, receive benefits, and obtain case management.

Riverside - 4360 Orange Street Riverside, Ca 92501 (951) 276-3060 Mon. - Fri. 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Hemet - 749 N. State Street Hemet, CA 92543 (951) 766-2566 (Hours vary)

Indio - 44-199B Monroe Street Indio, CA 92201 (760) 863-8266 (Hours Vary)

http://veteranservices.co.riverside.ca.us/


Burial and Survivor Benefits for Veterans

USA.gov - Most U.S. veterans are eligible for burial and memorial benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration.

https://www.usa.gov/veteran-burial-benefits


Additional Resources

American Red Cross Hero Care Center - available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with two options for requesting assistance, online and by phone. Click HERE to Submit a Request Online.

You can initiate a request for Red Cross emergency assistance for members of the military currently serving on active duty by using the online self-service tool. Using a computer, smart phone or tablet, you can start a request for services and track its progress from anywhere in the world. Emergency grants and loans might be available as well.

To speak to a Red Cross Emergency Communications Specialist call: 1-877-272-7337.

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/military-families/emergency-communication

 

USA.gov - Find a military member, unit or facility. Get guidelines on sending mail to service members. Learn about those missing from current and past conflicts.

https://www.usa.gov/military-personnel-and-installations

 

Military.com - Find out about additional veteran benefits such as housing, financial, employment, business, education, and others available for veterans in California. Find out if you or someone you know is eligible for fishing & hunting licenses, state park and recreation passes, business license tax and fee waiver, free license plates, property tax exemption, college tuition fee waiver for veteran's dependents, home loans, and more.

http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-state-benefits/california-state-veterans-benefits.html#1

 

California Department of Veterans Affairs (Calvet) - Information of veterans services and benefits including education, employment, healthcare, and VA claims assistance.

Physical Address: 1227 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 942895, Sacramento, CA 94295

(800) 952-5626

https://www.calvet.ca.gov/home

 

Military OneSource - Education, relocation, parenting, stress – you name it. Military OneSource was created to help with just about any need. Available by phone or online, their free service is provided by the Department of Defense for active-duty, Guard, and Reserves service members and their families. The service is completely private and confidential.

http://www.militaryonesource.mil

 

National Resource Directory - The National Resource Directory is a website for wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans, their families and those who support them. It provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. Visitors can find information on a variety of topics including benefits and compensation, education and training, employment, family and career support, health, homeless assistance, housing, transportation and travel and other services and resources.

https://www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov


Therapeutic Arts & Crafts

Heal Vets - carries hundreds of various craft kits that fall within four primary categories — woodworking, leather, painting and scale modeling. The kits are absolutely free, including all shipping costs. HEAL VETS Kits range in difficulty from level 1 to level 4 (1 being the most simple). Each kit comes with a thank-you postcard, allowing the veteran to write a personal note of thanks directly to the donor. Postage has already been paid by HEAL VETS, so once card(s) are completed they may be picked up by your postal carrier or dropped into any USPS mailbox.

Any U.S. Veteran or member of the military who has received any medical or nursing care within the last six (6) months at any medical or nursing home care facility is eligible. For more information, veterans may contact our office by phone at (888) 567-8387 or by email at phr@healvets.org.  

 https://www.healvets.org/for-veterans/