Education

Veterans Information Center

Downtown Branch Library
224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

  • Tue   10 AM - 12 PM
  • Wed   10 AM - 12 PM
  • Thu   10 AM - 12 PM
  • Sat   10 AM - 12 PM

831-427-7700   ext. 7671
831-535-6845   

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Civilian Bootcamp  A ground-breaking ONLINE Civilian Boot Camp for transitioning military service members, spouses and veterans. The 10-day Virtual Success Summit kicks off May 14th and will run through May 23rd. Its purpose is to equip members of the military community with a powerful combination of current workforce development skills, proven civilian employment best practices and essential knowledge of many of the hidden realities of learning the civilian lifestyle.
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Santa Cruz County Veterans Services Office  The Santa Cruz Veterans Service Office is a State and County funded agency, established in 1946 to assist veterans, military retirees, and their families in obtaining benefits earned by military service.
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UCSC's Veteran Benefits Services Office  This office serves as a liaison between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and UCSC student veterans. Our goal is to help veterans and their dependents find the information they need and to assist you in processing your veterans education benefits while pursuing your undergraduate or graduate degree.
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Veterans Information Center at Cabrillo College  The Veterans Information Center at Cabrillo (VIC) is operated by veterans for veterans. Our focus is to provide resources and information for those who have served as well as their dependents. Services: Priority registration, Academic Counseling, Personal Counseling, Accessibility Support Center, Tutoring, Information on Community Resources, Financial Aid and Student Employment
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Workforce Santa Cruz County Full Service Career Center at Watsonville  One-stop shops for an array of services for employers, employees, job seekers and providers of educational and career counseling services. Veterans who are interested in going back to school using Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding can contact the center.
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California Department of Veterans Affairs  The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) works to serve California veterans and their families. With nearly 2 million veterans living in the State, CalVet strives to ensure that its veterans of every era and their families get the state and federal benefits and services they have earned and deserve as a result of selfless and honorable military service.
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California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program   If you are an active member in the California National Guard, the State Military Reserve, or the Naval Militia you may be eligible for a state-funded program designed to provide an educational incentive to improve your skills, competencies, and abilities.
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CalVet Non-Resident College Fee Waiver   The Non-Resident College Fee Waiver waives non-resident fees at all State of California Community Colleges, California State University, or University of California campuses.
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Horse Sense and Healing  The legendary “Horse Whisperer,” Monty Roberts, is running free, resilience-building workshops for veterans, police, fire, first responders and their families. The three-day program involves working closely with horses. The individuals and horses develop a special bond built upon mutual trust and respect. Join-Up offers everyone an effective tool to rediscover themselves through the eyes of the horse. This self-awareness exercise deals effectively with emotional trauma, anti-social behavior and withdrawal, anger, stress, combat stress and even Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI). The next course is 15-17 Dec 17 in Solvang, CA (Santa Barbara County). There is no charge for the course and free lodging is offered.
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2016 After the Military Handbook  This handbook provides links to resources and helpful information as you transition to civilian life.
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Disabled American Veterans  DAV helps more than one million veterans every year connect with the healthcare, disability, employment, education, and financial benefits they’ve earned. If you’re a veteran or are transitioning out of the military, DAV is here to help you and your family through a lifetime of services and support.
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Ebenefits  An online platform developed by the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Defense that provides military veterans with tools necessary to apply for disability compensation, health care, education benefits, pension, housing, (includes specially adapted housing), home loans, low-cost life insurance, job search, resume building, military skill transfer, burial and funeral benefits.
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Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors: 2017  Veterans of the United States Armed Forces may be eligible for a broad range of benefits and services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This booklet contains the most commonly requested VA benefits and services. This booklet is a brief overview of the commonly sought information concerning Veterans Benefits. For the most accurate information, Veterans and family members should visit the websites provided within this publication as regulations, payments, and eligibility requirements are subject to change. Also available in Spanish (PDF print version) via link.
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Post-9/11 GI Bill  Whether you want to apply your GI Bill benefits to college classes or an on-the-job training program, the GI Bill Comparison Tool will help you learn about education programs and compare estimated benefits by school.
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Trustworthy Mobile Apps for Vets  Check out the VA App Store! Here you will find access to dozens of apps, including those created specifically for Veterans and their Health Care Professionals.
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs  The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) provides a variety of benefits and services to Servicemembers, Veterans, and their families.
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education and Training  Many benefits are available to advance the education and skills of Veterans and Servicemembers. Spouses and family members may also be eligible for education and training assistance in fact, 25 percent of those benefitting from VAs education programs are non-Veterans.
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Returning Service Members (OEF/OIF/OND)  See what VA benefits are available today for OEF/OIF/OND combat Veterans.
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Vietnam Veterans of America San Jose Chapter  Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Inc., the only Congressionally Chartered National Veterans Organization devoted exclusively to Vietnam and Vietnam Generation Veterans, was founded in 1978 and received its Congressional Charter in 1986. The VVA provides leadership and education opportunities, as well as support and assistance in securing benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Vets in Tech  VetsinTech supports our current and returning veterans with re-integration services, and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem. ViT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for our veterans interested in Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment.
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Wounded Warrior Project  Wounded Warrior Project provides free programs and services focused on the physical, mental, and long-term financial well-being of this generation of injured veterans, their families and caregivers.