Download the 2016 Benefits for Veterans and Dependents Handbook


CalVet (California Department of Veterans Affairs)

Learn about state and federal benefits you are entitled to receive and how to claim them. Get information tailored to your personal profile or simply browse the site anonymously.


Site for veterans, service members, and their families to research, find, access, and manage their benefits and personal information. It offers a personalized workspace that provides quick access to eBenefits tools. Using eBenefits tools, you can apply for benefits, download your DD 214, view your benefits status, in addition to other actions as needed. This workspace is available to you once you have created an eBenefits account.

CA Action Plan for Reintegration

CalVet Connect can help you successfully re-enter civilian life by connecting you to the veterans benefits and services you have earned.

OC Veterans Service Office

The Orange County Veterans Service Office provides free benefit claims counseling and information and referral assistance to veterans, their dependents and survivors.

Vet Center (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs)

Vet Centers offer a wide range of services to Veterans and their families at 300 community-based Vet Center locations.

Unemployment Benefits

Those that have served in the military for the last 18 months and become unemployed should call the EDD immediately for UI benefits. Your claim cannot begin until you file for benefits. 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VA administers a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to Servicemembers, Veterans, their dependents and survivors.

VA Claims

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs mission is to provide benefits and services to veterans and their families in a responsive, timely and compassionate manner in recognition of their service to our Nation. Veterans and their dependents may be eligible for various benefits administered by the VA. County Veterans Service Offices throughout the state help veterans and their families file VA claims. CalVet provides claims review and representation for appeals services at our District Offices.

Veterans Disability Claims

Compensation is a claim for official recognition of a medical condition that was treated while on active duty or within a presumptive period after leaving active du ty. Compensation provides monetary monthly disability payments and free medical treatment for service connection conditions.

Pension is a program for war time veterans only, who are totally disabled, not related to military service, or are age 65 or older and have a below the poverty level annual family income. The Pension Program provides a monetary benefit that is the difference between the federally defined poverty limit and the eligible veterans annual family income. The application for either disability program is a 21-526.

Military Records (SF –180)

To request military medical records, medals, or discharge documents complete Form SF-180. Requested documents will be mailed via hard copy files and / or microfiche records. For more information regarding military discharge documents, medical records and medals, visit the National Personnel Records Center .


Need for Regular Aid 21-2680

Statement in Support of Claim 21-4138

To The Dept. of Veteran Affairs 21-4142

Veterans Compensation and Pension 21-526

Declaration of Status 21-686c

Increased Compensation 21-8940

Education Application 22-1990

Request for Certificate of Eligibility 26-1880

Designation of Beneficiary 29-336

Insurance Deduction Authorization 29-888

From the Armed Forces DD-293

College Tuition/Fee Waiver DVS-40

10 Point Veterans Preference SF-15

Military Records SF-180

Nursing Home Assisted Living 21-0779

Care Expense Statement

VSO Appointment Checklist

VA Work Study Program Application 22-8691