Veterans Resources

California Department of Veterans Affairs

Serving California Veterans and their families

More specifically, to provide California veterans and their families with aid and assistance in presenting their claims for veterans’ benefits under the laws of the United States; to provide them with beneficial opportunities through direct low-cost loans to acquire farms and homes; and to provide the state’s aged or disabled veterans with rehabilitative, residential, and medical care and services in a home-like environment at the California Veterans Homes.

The mission is based upon the philosophy that programs of benefits for veterans fulfill necessary, proper, and valid public purposes by promoting patriotism, by recognizing and rewarding sacrifice and service to country, and by providing needed and readjustment assistance to returning veterans and their families, whose lives were interrupted when they responded to their country’s call to military service.

For an electronic copy of the California Veterans Resource Book, click here.

US Department of Veterans Affairs

Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans’ benefits and customer satisfaction. We have reformed our department internally and are striving for high quality, prompt and seamless service to veterans. Our department’s employees continue to offer their dedication and commitment to help veterans’ services they have earned. Our nation’s veterans deserve no less.

US Department of Defense Military Health System

To provide optimal Health Services in support of our nation’s military mission – anytime, anywhere.

America’s Military Health System (MHS) is a unique partnership of medical educators, medical researchers, and healthcare providers and their support personnel worldwide. This DoD enterprise consists of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs; the medical departments of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Joint Chiefs of Staff; the Combatant Command surgeons; and TRICARE providers (including private sector healthcare providers, hospitals and pharmacies).

The MHS is prepared to respond anytime, anywhere with comprehensive medical capability to military operations, natural disasters and humanitarian crisis around the globe, and to ensure delivery of world-class healthcare to all DoD service members, retirees, and their families. The MHS promotes a fit, healthy and protected force by reducing non-combat losses, optimizing healthy behavior and physical performance, and providing casualty care.\

As a source of innovative education, medical training, research, technology and policy, the MHS strives to provide a bridge to peace.

Department of Defense (DoD)

Click on the above link for more information about the DoD and additional website links.

TRICARE

TRICARE is the health care program serving active duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members, retirees, their families, survivors and certain former spouses worldwide. As a major component of the Military Health System, TRICARE brings together the health care resources of the uniformed services and supplements them with networks of civilian health care professionals, institutions, pharmacies and suppliers to provide access to high-quality health care services while maintaining the capability to support military operations.

To be eligible for TRICARE benefits, you must be registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. TRICARE offers several health plan options to meet the needs of its beneficiary population. Additionally, TRICARE offers two dental plans and several additional special programs.

Mission

To enhance the Department of Defense (DoD) and our nation’s security by providing health support for the full range of military operations and sustaining the health of all those entrusted to our care.

Vision

To be a world-class health care system that supports the military mission by fostering, protecting, sustaining and restoring health.

West Region

Your regional contractor in the TRICARE West Region is TriWest Healthcare Alliance, Corp (TriWest). TriWest establishes the TRICARE provider network in the West Region and provides the following services to you:

  • Operates TRICARE Service Centers throughout the West Region
  • Operates toll-free customer service call centers and automated health lines
  • Manages administrative actions such as enrollment, care authorization and claims processing for TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Prime Remote, TRICARE Standard and Extra and TRICARE Reserve Select
  • Distributes marketing and educational materials about TRICARE

TriWest does not provide customer service or support for TRICARE For Life, the US Family Health Plan or for TRICARE pharmacy or dental benefits. TriWest works closely with the TRICARE Regional Office-West (TRO-West) to manage the TRICARE benefit at the local level.

ReMIND

Helping to heal the physical and psychological wounds of war.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation provides resources and support to service members, veterans and their families to successfully reintegrate into their communities so they may thrive physically, psychologically, socially and economically.

ReMIND.org is a movement of the Bob Woodruff Foundation that educates the public about the needs of injured service members, veterans and their families as they reintegrate into their communities and empowers people everywhere to take action.

Disabled American Veterans

The 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a non-profit 501(c)(4) charity dedicated to building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families.

The DAV was founded in 1920 by disabled veterans returning from World War I to represent their unique interests. In 1932, the DAV was congressionally chartered as the official voice of the nation’s wartime disable veterans.

With our brave Americans leaving the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, the DAV’s services and advocacy are as relevant and critical today as in any time in our nation’s history.

Annually, the DAV represents more than 200,000 veterans and their dependents with claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.

The DAV’s Voluntary Services Program operates a comprehensive network of volunteers who provide veterans free rides to and from VA medical facilities and improve care and morale for sick and disabled veterans.

The DAV’s 1.2 million members provide grassroots advocacy and services in communities nationwide. From educating lawmakers and the public about important issues to supporting services and legislation to help disabled veterans – the DAV is there to promote its message of hope to all who have served and sacrificed.

National Headquarters

Head Office
3725 Alexandria Pike
Cold Spring, KY 41076

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 14301
Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301

Phone Numbers
877-426-2838
859-441-7300

Other Locations

San Diego Office
VA Regional Office
8810 Rio San Diego Dr., #1160
San Diego, CA 92108
619-299-6916

Sacramento Office
VA Regional Office
10365 Old Placerville Rd., #100
Sacramento, CA 95827
916-364-6797

Los Angeles Office
VARO Federal Building
11000 Wilshire Blvd., Rm. 5277
W. Los Angeles, CA 90024
310-477-2539

Oakland Office
VARO Oakland Federal Building
1301 Clay St., Rm. 1110 North
Oakland, CA 94612
510-834-2921

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

The mission of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) is to serve active duty military, their beneficiaries, and veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s) through state-of-the –art clinical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs. DVBIC fulfills this mission through ongoing collaboration with military, VA and civilian health partners, local communities, families and individuals with TBI.

In 2008, DVBIC’s mission expanded to include Force Health Protection and Management. This encompasses the following Department of Defense (DoD) programs:

  • TBI Surveillance
  • TBI Registry
  • Pre-deployment neurocognitive testing
  • Family Caregiver Curriculum
  • 15-year longitudinal study of TBI
  • Independent study of automated neurocognitive tests

DVBIC has been named the Office of Responsibility or Executive Agency for these programs.

DVBIC’s multi-center network design and collaborations with forward medical commands allows for clinical innovation along the entire continuum of care: from initial injury in the war zone through to medical evacuation acute care, rehabilitation and ultimately a return to community, family, and work or continued duty when possible.

Who We Are

In 1992, Congress created the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) – originally known as the Defense and Veterans Head Injury Program (DVHIP) – during the Persian Gulf War to integrate specialized TBI care, research and education across military and veteran medical care systems.

DVBIC is:

  • A multi-site medical care, clinical research and education network
  • A unique collaboration between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare systems
  • Funded through the DoD
  • The primary TBI operational component of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE).

What We Do

  • Develop and provide advanced TBI specific evaluation, treatment and follow-up care for military personnel, their beneficiaries, and veterans with mild to severe TBI’s
  • Conduct clinical research that defines optimal care and treatment for individuals with TBI
  • Develop and deliver effective educational materials and programming for the prevention, assessment and treatment of TBI including the management of its continuing effects. DVBIC is specifically committed to the effort to prevent, treat, and provide education on TBI for US military members currently on active duty, National Guard and reservists recently injured in the line of duty, their beneficiaries, and retired military personnel
  • Oversee congressionally-mandated DoD TBI programs

All of the above are done through innovative collaborations among the Armed Forces, VA, federal agencies, and coordinating academic institutions.

Military Medical Centers
DVBIC Concussion Clinic
Building 33305, Area 33
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055-5380
Phone: 760-763-1693
www.pendleton.usmc.mil

Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Hospital
Health Care Systems (VAPAHCS)
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation / 117
3801 Miranda Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: 650-493-5000 ext. 65468
www.palo-alto.med.va.gov

Naval Medical Center San Diego
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (42-DGH)
34730 Bob Wilson Drive, Suite 201
San Diego, CA 92134-3201
Phone: 619-532-5842
www.nmcsd.med.navy.mil/index.cfm