Veterans Resource Center

California public libraries, in partnership with the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), are working to connect veterans and their families to benefits and services for which they are eligible.

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Hayward Public Library is pleased to offer Veterans Connect @ the Library, to positively impact the quality of life for veterans. We invite volunteers to join us in this effort -- find the volunteer benefits coach description attached

Hayward Public Library's Downtown Library has a Veterans Resource Center located in the lobby. You can find books and information for veterans and their families about benefits for education, health, employment, housing, and more.  

Get started on learning about the benefits you are eligible to receive by accessing VetNow which will connect you to an expert who can help you learn more about VA benefits and community resources. Live online help is available every day from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM PST.

You can also contact your County Veteran Service Office or CalVet 1-800-952-5626, or visit the website

If you are in crisis, contact the Veterans Crisis Line: (800) 273-TALK (8255).

We look forward to providing on-site veterans benefits counseling at the Hayward Downtown Library in the Fall. Stay tuned!

Have questions? Contact Librarian Hector Villaseñor at hector.villasenor@hayward-ca.gov or (510) 881-7974.

 

To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. 

 

California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet)

CalVet serves around 1.6 million veterans and their families in the state of California.  

 

COVID-19 Vaccine for Veterans 
This page provides up-to-date information on vaccines for Veterans. Veterans can sign up to stay informed about COVID-19 plans. 

 

Veterans helps veterans access state and federal benefits that help veterans, their spouses and family members. The CVSO also provides information and referrals to a wide range of services and connects veterans to programs such as the California Veteran College Fee Waiver for veterans and dependents. 

COVID-19 Updates: Alameda County Veterans Service Office 

The Veterans Service Office (VSO) is currently available for mask to mask appointments, Monday – Thursday, 8:30am to 3:00pm. Appointments must be made in advance by email, veterans@acgov.org or by phone, 510-577-1926. The VSO is open for limited walk-up services through the AAS lobby, Suite 143, pursuant to the business hours stated above. 

 

Benefits counselors are available to answer questions by telephone between the hours of 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Address: 1301 Clay St., 12th Floor, Oakland 
Phone: 1-800-827-1000 

 

CalTAP is a program designed to inform and connect veterans of all eras to their earned federal and state benefits as well as provide continued support and assistance as their needs change over time through five unique pathways: Core Curriculum, Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship and Service Providers. 

 

Comprehensive e-book to state and federal veterans' benefits and services 

 

Veterans Service Records, National Archives 
Request military service records (DD 214), research using service records, replace lost medals and awards 

 

National Resource Directory 
The National Resource Directory 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 that supply an abundance of vetted resources. 

 

BRAINFUSE/VETNOW connects you with an expert so you can learn more about eligible VA benefits and community resources. VETNOW offers education help through its Adult Learning Center and supports career development via workforce tools and job-seeking support.  

Brought to you by the California State Library and CARES act.  

 

Provides priority services to all veterans, and to help you and your eligible spouse find jobs and maximize your employment and training opportunities. Veteran representatives specialize in helping you return to work and offer the services such as a 24-hour priority hold on all job listings just for veterans, customized job search assistance, job fairs and workshops, and employer recruitments. 

 

Offers information, links, and forms on how to apply for state employment and veterans' preference.

 

Veterans2Work helps returning military veterans launch their civilian careers, while helping employers engage the full productive potential of those veterans. 

 

Find jobs in the federal government- Veterans have technical skills in areas of critical importance, and many also already have security clearances required for some Federal positions.

 

Work for Warriors (WFW) is a FREE job placement program in California assisting all service members, veterans, their families, natural disaster survivors, and youth academy graduates. 

 

CareerScope is an online assessment tool that measures your interests and skill levels and helps you figure out the best career path when you move into civilian life. 

 

Find civilian careers that might be a good match for your military skills. You’ll get information on matching occupations including wages, education, outlook, and a link to current local job postings. 

 

My Next Move for Veterans is designed for U.S. veterans who are current job seekers. The interactive tool helps vets learn about their career options. 

 

Provides information on education and training including the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill.  

 

The VA Work-Study Program is available to any eligible veteran or their dependents who are receiving VA education benefits and attending school three-quarter time or more.  

 

The CMD GI Bill issues educational awards to qualifying members of the California Army or Air National Guard, California State Guard, and the California Naval Militia. This State Grant can pay for up to 100% of the tuition and fees at a University of California, California State University, or a California Community College. It can also be used for eligible California proprietary and private institutions. 

 

The Veterans Resource Center at Chabot College is dedicated to ensuring that Veterans, Active Duty Service Members and eligible dependents make a smooth transition into Chabot College.  

Help Desk: (510) 458-3594 or (510) 856-7419 

 

Veteran Students Services provides wraparound student support services to all CSUEB veteran students.  the program offers peer-mentoring, tutoring, referrals to other departments and external agencies and opportunities for networking and building a community of veteran students. 

Phone: (510) 885-3669 

The Veteran Resource Center (VRC) provides assistance for active-duty personnel, veterans and their eligible dependents in pursuit of education and in obtaining veterans’ benefits. 

Phone (510) 545-4164 

Ohlone College Veterans Resource Center – Veterans of Affairs  

The Ohlone College Veterans Affairs Office provides is responsible for administration of veteran educational benefits programs for those who have served their country in the Armed Forces and to their dependents. 

Veterans Affairs Office 

Ohlone College 

 

Designed for ease-of-use, this site categorizes information for browsing by state and administration, as well as by viewing through an interactive map of the United States. 

 

The ACPHD works in  partnership with the community to ensure the optimal health and well being of all people through a dynamic and responsive process respecting the diversity of the community and challenging us to provide for present and future generations. 

 

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora. 

Palo Alto Division 
3801 Miranda Avenue 
Palo Alto, CA 94304 
(650) 493-5000 | (800) 455-0057 

Palo Alto VA Medical Center-Livermore 

4951 Arroyo Road 
Livermore, CA 94550-9650 

925-373-4700 | (800) 455-0057 

Their mission is to give all the support needed to help severely-wounded veterans and families recover from their injuries and illnesses in return for their sacrifices. 

 

Provides information and resources for mental health issues including: anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, military sexual trauma, PTSD, schizophrenia, substance abuse, suicide prevention. 

 

Updates Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reference information on the health care benefits available to enrolled Veterans and beneficiaries. Or, This guide is designed to provide Veterans and their families with the information they need to understand VA's health care system – eligibility requirements, the health benefits and services available to help Veterans and copays that certain Veterans may be charged. 

 

The only group focused on directly impacting the quality of life of women veterans through networking, career and professional development, and mentorship.  

 

Provides information on health, benefits, memorials, and community engagement 

The Center for Women Veterans was established to monitor and coordinate VA’s administration of health care and benefits services, and programs for women Veterans.   

To serve as an advocate for a cultural transformation (both within VA and in the general public) in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and women in the military. 

To raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect. 

 

Women Veterans Health Care addresses the health care needs of women Veterans and works to ensure that timely, equitable, high-quality, comprehensive health care services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA health facilities nationwide. 

 

The WTRP, designed to treat women Veterans, active duty service members, National Guard, and Reservists with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is the first residential program of its kind in the VA. 

 

Home loans, homeless support program, veteran homes, affordable housing, REN Communities and an application for veteran for home eligibilities  

 

Works to ensure that the government delivers to our nation’s 25 million veterans and active duty personnel the benefits to which they are entitled because of disabilities resulting from their military service to our country. 

 

Information for Wounded Warriors and Veterans who have a compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T). 

 

VA helps Service members, Veterans, and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners.  

 

CalVet is committed to ensuring all Veterans have access to and receive the benefits they have earned without regard to sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability. 

 

The Veterans History Project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.  

 

War Ink emerged out of a need to recognize veterans’ service and sacrifices and to bridge the divide between the veterans and civilian communities. This is both exhibit and forum, using tattoos as a springboard for California veterans to share their stories. 

 

Gateway to benefit information from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense 

 

SHELTER, Inc.’s Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) is one of 151 programs funded by the VA as part of a nationwide effort to end veteran homelessness. 

 

Veterans involved in the criminal justice system resulting in incarceration may still be entitled to their VA benefits. 

 

The Veteran Treatment Courts promote sobriety, recovery and stability through a coordinated response that involves cooperation and collaboration with the traditional partners found in drug and mental health courts in addition of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care networks and the Veterans' Benefits Administration. 

 

The Veterans Service Office provides veterans and their dependents and/or survivors with information regarding veterans benefits, and assistance with filing benefit claims, waivers and appeals, in order for them to obtain and maintain all available benefits and entitlements for which they are eligible. 

Oakland Branch (main office) 
6955 Foothill Blvd, Suite 300 Oakland, CA 94605 
Phone: 510-577-3547 
Fax: 510-577-1947 
tmurray@acgov.org 
 

Hayward Branch 
24100 Amador Street 
Phone: 510-265-8271 
 
Fremont Branch 
39155 Liberty Street, Suite F620  
Phone: 510-795-2686 

 

The Hayward Housing Navigation Center offers short-term housing for up to 45 people at a time in dormitory settings with one meal a day, on-site restroom, shower, laundry and kitchen facilities, and intensive case management geared toward long-term housing placements. 

 

Operation Dignity works to house and serve the most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness in Alameda County, including veterans and people living in encampments. 

 

The American Legion's mission is to enhance the well-being of America's veterans, their families, our military, and our communities by our devotion to mutual helpfulness. 

 

22737 Main St. 

Hayward, CA 94541 

 Hayward, CA Post 870 

22737 Main St. 

Hayward, CA 94541 

510-384-7771 

 

Goodwill’s mission is to turn donations into jobs – offering lifetime purpose and opportunity.  Everyone has the opportunity to discover their full potential and purpose, empowering them to reach financial independence and become productive members of our community.