Veterans Advocacy and Assistance

Veterans Connect

California Veterans Resource Book Ch. 7: Advocacy and Assistance
Chapter 7 of the Veterans Resource Book describes the various organizations and services available to veterans in need of personalized advice or support, including County Veterans Services Offices and library Veterans Resource Centers.

Advocacy Organizations

California Association of County Veteran Service Officers (CACVSO)
The California Association of County Veterans Service Officers (CACVSO) is an organization of trained professional veterans advocates. Through the CVSOs, the CACVSO is committed to providing a vital and efficient system of services and advocacy to veterans, their dependents, and survivors. Click here (link to for a listing of offices in Los Angeles County.

Veterans Connect @ the Library
California public libraries, in partnership with California Department of Veterans Affairs, are working to connect veterans and their families to benefits and services for which they are eligible. Visit our library’s Veterans Resource Center at:
          Inglewood Public Library
          101 W Manchester Blvd
          Third Floor
          Inglewood, CA 90301

Click HERE for a complete list of participating libraries.

California Veterans Board
The California Veterans Board serves as an appellate body for any veteran who believes that a decision by CalVet with respect to that veteran is incorrect. This pertains to state benefits only, such as denial of a home loan, student waiver, or admission into a California veterans home.

Military OneSource
Military OneSource is a free service provided by the Department of Defense to service members and their families to help with a broad range of concerns, including money management, spouse employment and education, parenting and childcare, relocation, deployment, reunion, and the particular concerns of families with special-needs members.

Army OneSource
Army OneSource is an Army program under the Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Command. While it is mainly an Army program, AOS supports military members and families of all branches, components, status, and locations throughout the world by connecting them with resources within their communities.

Support for Minority Veterans

While minority veterans comprise approximately 43 percent of the total California veteran population, as a group this population of veterans are less likely to access their USDVA benefits than non-minority veterans. Minority veterans are also likely to bare undue burdens both during and after their service as a result of prejudice. Below are a few of the many organizations working to address these issues.

Center for Minority Veterans

American Veterans for Equal Rights 

National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. 

League of United Latin American Citizens

Native American Veterans Association

Support for Women Veterans

If you are a woman who served in the U.S. military, regardless of how long, where or when you served, you may be entitled to benefits and services from the federal government and from the State of California. CalVet provides information, advocacy, outreach, and support to all women veterans and their families in California. For more information visit, call (916) 653-1402, email, or visit the CalVet Women Veterans page on Facebook