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Veterans Resources

Veterans Resources


We have more than two million veterans living in the state of Californian, and over 30,000 veterans live right here in San Francisco County.  Our state must strive to recognize and honor the sacrifices in order to keep our country safe.

Fortunately, San Francisco County is also home to organizations and agencies that offer a wide range of services and are dedicated to assisting local veterans.

The following resources will be an important guide about the different resources that are available to them;

Healthcare Assistance

myCalVet - provides veterans and their families the opportunity to create a customized profile which targets the benefits, resources, and services available in their community and throughout the state.

VETERANS CRISIS LINE - Veterans and their loved ones can call (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, or call your local 24-hour mental health crisis line.

FIND A COUNTY VETERANS SERVICES OFFICE NEAR YOU - County Veteran Service Offices (CVSO) are the key agencies in providing California's Veterans with assistance and connection to benefits and services in local communities throughout the state.  

U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs Database - FIND A VETERANS HOSPITAL OR CLINIC NEAR YOU

Access to Housing and Education

The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents - The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus for qualified dependents of certain Veterans.

CalVet Veteran Homes - Veterans who are age 55 and above, and discharged from active military service under honorable conditions, are eligible to apply for admission. The age requirement is waived for disabled or homeless veterans needing long-term care.

CalVet Home Loans - If you are ready to buy a home, CalVet Home Loans is here to meet our Veterans' home financing needs.

General Assistance and Information

Minority Veterans - The Minority Veterans Division is the California Department of Veterans Affairs model for inters-and intra-agency co-operation, to ensure all Veterans receive equal service regardless of race, origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

Women Veterans - CalVet division for Women Veterans provides information, advocacy, outreach, and support to Women Veterans and their families.

VETERANS RESOURCE BOOK

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

In addition, my staff and I are always ready to offer assistance on any state issues that you may have. Please do not hesitate to call my district office 415-557-3013 to speak with a representative!

NO MORE VICTIMS

Gun violence has a human toll equivalent to a medical epidemic.

Let's break down the scope of the problem. Over the course of the last day in the United States, roughly:

  • Forty-eight children and teens were shot;
    • Of those, seven kids died;
    • And 41 were shot and survived;
  • Nearly 300 people were shot in murders, assaults, suicides, suicide attempts, and unintentional shootings;
  • Almost 90 people died today as a direct result of gun violence.

And that's just today.

And yet, time and again, we are told there isn't much anyone can do to prevent this from happening.

So here's another number: 0. NO MORE VICTIMS.

Let's work together to reach that goal. My colleagues and I are working on a package of bills that has the potential to get us closer. But we need your support.

Specifically, contact your elected officials and ask for their support for the following Assembly Bills (AB):

  • AB 1663 (Chiu) strengthens California's already stringent assault weapons ban by including semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines.
  • AB 1664 (Levine) removes a loophole that allows for "bullet buttons" that allow for magazines to be easily switched out. The shooters in the recent murders in San Bernardino utilized this customization to quickly change magazines as they attacked civilians and law enforcement.
  • AB 1673 (Gipson) makes it harder for people to obtain gun parts and components that can then be assembled into nearly untraceable "ghost guns."
  • AB 1674 (Santiago) limits the purchase of long guns to one per month—just like handguns. Attempts by individuals to "stock up" on multiple guns could be a red flag that violence is imminent.
  • AB 1695 (Bonta) stops illegal "straw" purchases where someone legally buys a firearm and then resells it to someone unable to legally purchase one.
  • AB 2607 (Ting) allows mental health professionals, employers or coworkers to seek restraining orders to prevent high risk individuals from obtaining guns

These bills cannot become law without your help. Please sign up here to add your name to the growing list of people who say enough is enough—NO MORE VICTIMS.

Other Resources

As our office is researching and considering meaningful policies to introduce at the beginning of next year’s legislative session, it is important that I gather ideas from everyday San Franciscans.  That is why I would like to invite you to take part in our "There Ought to Be a Law"  program. All constituents in the 17th Assembly District are invited to submit their ideas for improving our city and our state.

Proposals can vary from local community improvements to statewide reforms. Applicants can create new laws or revise laws already on the books.  Please submit applications to Jennifer Kwart at jennifer.kwart@asm.ca.gov by February 12, 2016.  I look forward to hearing your ideas!

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