Veterans Resource Center

The Ontario City Library Veterans Resource Center is located downstairs next to the Reference Desk at the Ovitt Family Community Library. The hours of the Veterans Resource Center are as follows: Monday 10am-1pm, Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-1pm. Please call (909) 395-2359 to schedule an appointment outside of these hours.

The Veterans Resource Center volunteers will provide assistance with the following services and resources:

  • Housing Assistance
  • Employment Benefits
  • Education Benefits
  • Compensation and Pension Claims
  • Disability Benefits
  • Free printed Resource Guides for Veterans
  • Personal assistance from trained volunteers during operating times for walk-ins or by appointment

 
If you want to volunteer to serve your country’s veterans at the Ontario City Library, contact James Augur at 909-395-2226 

The Veterans Resource Center is available through the generous support of the California State Library and the Library Services & Technology Act Grant.

 

 

ACCORDION
General Information

California Department of Veterans Affairs(CALVET) Learn about the state and federal benefits you are entitled to receive and how to claim them.  Reintegrate with CALVET to receive help accessing benefits and services.

Calvet California Veterans Resource (Ebook) 

California National Guard Includes the California Army National Guard, Air National Guard, California State Military Reserve, and the California Youth and Community Programs. 

National Military Family Association We have been the voice of military families for 46 years.  We stand behind service members, their spouses, and their children. 

National Resource Directory Allows wounded warriors, service members, veterans, families, and caregivers to connect with support services.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Commonly called the VA, this department operates the nation’s largest health care system, administers benefits and services to service members, veterans, dependents, and survivors and oversees 131 national cemeteries in the United States and Puerto Rico.

EBenefits for VA This website offers veterans the option to apply and manage benefit claims online. 

U.S. Vets Inland Empire U.S Vets is a private, non-profit group providing housing, employment, and counseling services to our nation’s veterans from all branches of the service, in peacetime and in war.

Women Veterans Affairs Provides information, advocacy, outreach, and support to women veterans and their families.

Center for Women Veterans (VA) Monitors and coordinates the VA's health care and benefits for women veterans. 

San Bernardino County Department of Veterans Affairs: This agency provides clear, accurate, and timely information and assistance concerning veterans’ services and benefits for San Bernardino County. 

Fontana Veterans Resource Center 
16779 Spring Street
Fontana, CA 92335
(909)355-3036
Fax: (909)355-3034

 The Veterans Resource Center aims to provide internet access, Veterans resources and benefits information, claims processing, counseling services, in-house, and outreach training workshops with collaborative strategic partnerships in business, employment, health, and educational organizations and professionals. 

National Records for Veterans (DD-214) For Veterans who need a copy of their DD-214 document to secure benefits, this website allows the electronic filing of the application for this record. 

Forms for Veterans Benefits (VA) Veterans can obtain and fill out forms electronically on this website but must print the form. In order to send the form to the appropriate office, the site offers phone numbers to call.

The closest Veterans Benefits Office is:
Los Angeles Regional Benefits Office
Federal Building
11000 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
1-800-827-1000

Avoiding Financial Scams Targeted At Veterans Here is a helpful link from MoneyGeek warning about the financial scams that specifically target veterans: 

Employment Resources

CalJobs Services for Veterans CalJobs provides information on veterans’ organizations, employment and training resources, and veterans’ priority of service job referrals.

CalVet Employment Services The California Department of Veterans Affairs offers a variety of employment services and benefits to veterans who are unemployed or seeking employment including interview training, unemployment benefits while job seeking, and apprenticeship/on-the-job training programs.  

The nearest CALVET office is:

San Bernardino County Veterans Service Office 

8575 Haven Avenue, Suite 160

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 

(909) 948-6470 Toll-Free (866) 472-8387


County of San Bernardino Workforce Development Get help selecting a new career, finding a new job, and getting suitable education or training.

The nearest Workforce Development Office is:

West Valley AJCC

9650 9th Street, Suite A

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

(909) 941-6500


Employment Development Department (EDD) is one of the largest state departments with hundreds of service locations throughout the state of California.

The closest EDD office is:

Employment Development Department

9650 9th Street, Suite A

Rancho Cucamonga, CA  91730

(909) 941-6500

 

LinkedIn for Veterans Get tips for veteran job seekers and grow your network of job finders using LinkedIn. 

Military.com Veteran Jobs Find employers seeking military experience, military-friendly jobs, and more.

Military Connection This leader is proud to connect prime military and veteran candidates with outstanding career opportunities in both the government and civilian sectors. This is a good place to start a federal job search.

Military Times Jobs for Vets A partnership of Military Times and Career Builder, this site searches jobs using military job code, keyword, or location. 

Show Your Stripes This campaign by iHeartRadio helps find ideal employment opportunities for veterans in the civilian sector.

Troops to Teachers Troops to Teachers is a program designed to assist eligible military personnel transition to a career in education in high-need schools.  A network of state offices has been established to provide participants with support and counseling regarding certification requirements and employment leads.

California Department of Education

Commission on Teacher Credentialing

1900 Capitol Avenue

Sacramento, CA  95811

(916) 322-4974 

 

USA Jobs USAJOBS is the Federal Government’s official one-stop source for federal jobs and employment information. 

Work for Warriors Work for Warriors is a state and federally funded Direct Placement Program within California. The aim is to reduce unemployment rates for California veterans, National Guard, and Reserve members by placing veterans into full-time employment. WFW is open to all National Guard/Reserve, post 9/11 veterans, and spouses/Gold Star families.

Education Resources

Non-Resident College Fee Waiver Waives non-resident fees in all State of California Community Colleges, California State Universities, or University of California campuses.

College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents Waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus.

GI Bill and Post 9/11 GI Bill Provides financial support for education and housing to eligible individuals. 

National Guard Association of California Scholarship Program Awards scholarships for $250-$1000 per applicant for qualifying National Guard and their dependents: 

Troops to College The California State University System offers unlimited opportunities to help veterans, active-duty service members and their families meet their personal and professional goals.

VA Work-Study Program This 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.

CALVET Additional Educational Benefits Information More education and training programs available to veterans and their dependents.

 

VETERANS RESOURCE CENTERS AT LOCAL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

California State University San Bernardino(CSUSB) (909) 537-5195  

University of California Riverside(UCR) (951) 827-3861

California Polytechnic University, Pomona(Cal Poly Pomona) (909) 869-6994  

Pomona College(Claremont Colleges) (909) 621-8731  

University of La Verne (909) 3448-4940     

University of Redlands (909) 748-8478       

Chaffey Community College (909) 652-6235  

Citrus Community College (626)852-6457  

Mt. San Antonio Community College(Mount SAC) (909) 274-4520

Health

VETERANS HOTLINES/ MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS LINES

Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 Text 838255

If you’re a service member in crisis or know one who is, confidential support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all days of the year.  Phone, click, or text for immediate support! http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ActiveDuty.aspx

Mental Health Issues (VA) This website offers assistance and resources for veterans who may have mental health concerns.

Rancho Cucamonga VA Clinic This is the closest clinic for readjustment counseling and referral services for mental health issues for Veterans.

San Bernardino Vet Center
356 E. Vanderbilt Way
San Bernardino, CA 92408
(909)801-5762 

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and TBI The mission of this organization is to improve the lives of our service members, veterans, and their families by providing excellence in psychological health and traumatic brain injury prevention/care.

Brain Line Military This website provides military-specific information and resources on traumatic brain injury to veterans, active service members, and family members. Those whose lives have been affected by TBI can learn more about symptoms, treatment, rehabilitation, and issues with care and recover.y.

The Soldiers Project This organization provides confidential psychological services to U.S. veterans and their families who have served any time after September 11, 2001.

 

HEALTH AND MEDICAL BENEFITS

To Apply for VA Health Benefits:

Online: Fill out and submit form 10-10EZ 

By Phone:  Call 1-877-222-8387 Monday-Friday 8:00am to 8pm(Eastern Standard Time)

By Mail:  Print, fill out, and sign form 10-10EZ

MAIL TO: 
Health Eligibility Center  
2957 Clairmont Road, Suite 200 
Atlanta, GA  30329-1647

In Person: Visit your nearest VA clinic or medical center to fill out and submit your 10-10EZ.

Hospitals and Clinics

Rancho Cucamonga Outpatient Clinic
8599 Haven Avenue, Suite 102
Rancho Cucamonga, CA  91730
(909) 946-5348

VA Loma Linda Healthcare System
11201 Benton Street

Loma Linda, CA 92357
(909) 825-7024

 Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare
255 East Bonita Avenue
Pomona, CA 91767
(909) 596-7733
Toll-Free (866) 724-4127

  

FOOD AND NUTRITION 

Dial 2-1-1 (For San Bernardino County only.  Veterans, food, clothing, shelter, counseling, crisis services, health, dental care, elder assistance, reentry, and more.) http://211sb.org

Food Pantries Provides a searchable list of Southern California food pantries and food banks

Mercy House—Ontario Access Center
435 S. Bon View Avenue
Ontario, CA 91761
(909) 391-2630

Can provide food, transportation, showers, and lockers to transients and people in need.

CalFresh The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP), issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores.

  

ADDITIONAL HEALTH RESOURCES

CalVet Healthcare CalVet programs include eight State Veterans Homes throughout California to serve our veterans requiring long-term care. CalVet strives to be the hub of veteran resources to provide referrals and collaboration for veteran healthcare. 

Bridging the Gap Bridging the Gap provides a sense of community, resources, education, and student support for brain injury survivors and their loved ones. They hope to decrease the sense of isolation that often occurs after a brain injury and to empower individuals to move forward in their lives and achieve their goals. They accomplish this by providing support groups, student scholarships, website resources, and referrals to services. They are a nonprofit organization.

Mesothelioma Prognosis Network This organization is dedicated to helping Veterans who have been diagnosed with asbestos illnesses as a result of their military service. They will help Veterans file disability claims with the Veterans Health Administration and offer medical experts and 24-Hour live chat support for Veterans who need assistance and information. 

MyHealtheVet My HealtheVet is VA’s online personal health record.  It was designed for veterans, active duty service members, their dependents and caregivers, and helps the vet partner with their health care team.  It provides opportunities and tools to make informed decisions to manage veteran health care.

Health Care Eligibility This website allows Veterans to find out if they are eligible for health benefits before applying to the VA.

Environmental Exposures Veterans can find out if they were exposed to hazardous chemicals during their service and what steps to take after exposure. 

Caregiver Support Information Veterans and their caregivers can find resources for both the Veteran and the caregiver

Social Security Benefits for Disabled Military Personnel and Dependents Here you will find information that Wounded Warriors and Veterans Who Have a Compensation Rating of 100% P&T should know about Social Security. This site provides information about Social Security, why it is important, and some of the services provided.

The local Social Security office is: 
1100 E. Holt Boulevard Ontario, CA  91761 1-800-772-1213

Travel Reimbursement The Beneficiary Travel program provides eligible veterans and other beneficiaries mileage reimbursement, common carrier (plane, train, bus, taxi, light rail, etc.) or when medically indicated, “special mode” (ambulance, wheelchair van), transport for travel to and from VA health care, or VA authorized non-VA health care for which the veteran is eligible.

Housing

HOUSING/HOME OWNERSHIP

CalVet Home Loans 

Helps meet veterans’ home financing needs when ready to buy a house.

HomeStrong Heros Program 

This group provides an affordable homeownership program for local veterans and their families with an emphasis on the physically or mentally disabled.  HomeStrong USA provides a path to sustainable homeownership through counseling.

Homeless Veterans 

This website lists the Veterans Administration resources for those veterans who are homeless. National Call Center for Homeless Veterans (VA)  A 24/7 resource for homeless veterans who need help now. 1-877-424-3838 

RENT AND UTILITIES ASSISTANCE

Coalition to Salute America's Heroes 

The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes has provided disabled American veterans from Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn with millions of dollars of Emergency Financial Aid and support to cover expenses such as utilities, mortgages and rent, medical bills, car payments and maintenance costs, groceries, school supplies, and clothing costs.

VFW Unmet Needs 

Unmet Needs helps military service members who have been deployed in the last six years and have had unexpected financial difficulties as a result of said deployment or other obligations.  It provides up to $5000.00 to assist with basic life needs, but as a grant, not as a loan.  No repayment is needed.

The closest Veterans of Foreign Wars post is: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2085 Old Baldy Post1341 East D Street  Ontario, CA 91764(909) 986-9066

Legal Service

LEGAL SERVICE PROVIDERS

Incarcerated Veterans Information on VA benefits eligibility for incarcerated veterans and available reintegration programs.

Minority Veterans This organization has the mission to ensure all veterans receive equal service regardless of race, origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

National Veterans Legal Service Program(NVLSP) Since 1980, NVLSP has worked 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 military service to our country.

Inland Counties Legal Services Provides low-cost legal aid to residents of San Bernardino County for certain legal issues. 

10565 Civic Center Drive

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

(909) 980-0982

(800) 977-4257

Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association, Inc.(IELLA Legal Aid) This is a non-profit organization that provides legal services for the poor and underprivileged residents of the Inland Empire.

Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association

2060 University Avenue

Suite 113

Riverside, CA 92507

(951) 369-3009

Local Organizations

American Legion Post 112

310 W. Emporia Street

Ontario, CA 91762

(909) 984-3811

 

American Legion Post 835 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8680

Sweeten Hall

9324 San Bernardino Road

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

(909)373-5528

 

AMVETS AMVETS mission is to ‘enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American veterans who have served honorably and to improve the quality of life for them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy, and services.’ 

AMVETS POST 77

VA Loma Linda Hospital Auditorium

Loma Linda, CA 92354

Lisa Roybal

(951)642-0137

Email: [email protected]mail.com

 

Blue Star Mothers H.O.M.E. Chapter 30

1255 Magnolia Avenue, Suite 107

Corona, CA  92879

Email: [email protected]

 

Disabled American Veterans The DAV supports all veterans, but focuses on disabled veterans, providing rides for medical appointments and assisting with VA benefits claims.

 

DAV Charlotte W. Fay Chapter 28

4351 University Avenue

Riverside, CA 92501

(951) 369-8626 or (619) 299-6916 Supervisor James Galliher

 

Team Rubicon Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

1341 East D Street

Ontario, CA 91764

(909) 986-9066

 

Veterans of Foreign Wars OLD BALDY POST 2085

1341 East D Street

Ontario, CA 91764

(909) 986-9066

 

 

VFW Post 8680 (using American Legion Post 835 property for meetings)

8751 Industrial Lane

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

(909) 980-5220

 

 

Bob Hope USO(United Service Organizations)

LA-Ontario International Airport

West Wing

1940 East Moore Way

Ontario, CA 91761

(909) 390-4274

Burial Service

VETERANS BURIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS

National Cemetery Administration The National Cemetery Administration provides information on burial benefits for veterans, spouses, and qualifying dependents. This includes basic eligibility information, burial allowances, and how to schedule a burial.

Memorial Certificate Program This program allows family members of an honorably discharged deceased Veteran to obtain an engraved paper certificate signed by the President of the United States as a memorial to their service to our nation.

Riverside National Cemetery

22495 Van Buren Ave

Riverside, CA 92518

(951) 653-8417

(800) 535-1117

 

Bellevue Memorial Park

1240 W. G. Street

Ontario, CA  91762

(909) 986-1201

 

Draper Mortuary

811 N. Mountain Avenue

Ontario, CA 91762

(909) 986-1131

Miscellaneous Programs

San Bernardino County 2-1-1 Free and confidential information about social services in San Bernardino County 24 hours, 7 days a week. 1-888-435-7565 

San Bernardino County 2-1-1 VetLink Trip Planner This program by the county allows Veterans to plan trips using public transportation options: city buses, taxis, trains, vanpools and rideshares, and other specialized transportation.

Benefits Tracking with MyPay With MyPay, dependents can track their veteran’s benefits.

DMV Veterans and Military Personnel Information Specialty license plates, disabled persons plates and placards, and information on Troops to Trucks, the Military CDL driving test waiver.

Auto Insurance Rates in California for Veterans Here is a helpful link from MoneyGeek explaining the most affordable auto insurance for California Veterans.

Joint Services Support Local Benefits Locator A National Guard Joint Manpower, Personnel, and Services Team supporting a network of strategic partners and fostering a resilient reserve.

Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) provides free tickets to family members of troops killed in action(KIA), to active military, and to veterans to sporting events, concerts, performing arts, and family activities.

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