Health

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
  • Fri   1 PM - 3 PM
  • Fri   10 AM - 12 PM
  • Sat   10 AM - 12 PM

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

 

Medical resources available to veterans
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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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Nature's Balance Acupuncture  Nature's Balance Acupuncture is a full-featured Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic by Amy(Huimei) Zhang in 2016. We offer acupuncture, Chinese herbs prescriptions, cupping, moxibustion, also offer Therapeutic Tui Na Meridian Massage services, QiGong instruction and life style consultation of maintaining your health. We are a provider for VETERANS CHOICE PROGRAM, and feel honored to serve our nation’s heroes. If you are veteran, please contact TriWest Healthcare Alliance to submit your request if you need acupuncture treatment in Santa Cruz.
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Santa Cruz County Vet Center  The goal of the Vet Center program is to provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make a satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life.
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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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VA Palo Alto Health Care System  The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore, plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora. These facilities provide some of the world's finest medical care and cutting-edge technology.
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Veterans Adminsitration Welcome Guide  The VA can support you and your loved ones in different ways throughout your life. Your VA Welcome Guide provides a broad overview of services VA can offer you.
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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 Veterans Resource Book  This book assists you with accessing the wide variety of services and benefits available to Veterans and family members.
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CalVet Vietnam  Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including disability compensation for diseases associated with exposure. Your dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits.
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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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Veterans Crisis Line  National Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255 ext. 1 Call, text or chat if you are a Veteran or Service member experiencing an emotional crisis or know one who is, especially when concerned about the risk of physical harm.
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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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More Mobile Apps for Veterans  More options for mobile applications designed specifically for veterans from the National Center for Telehealth & Technology
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National Alliance on Mental Illness of Santa Cruz County Homefront Education Program  Developed to meet the unique needs of families of our Service Members and Veterans who are living with mental health conditions. It is a six-session adaptation of the evidence-based NAMI Family-to-Family Program.
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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 Application for VA Health Care  VA health care includes regular checkups with your primary care doctor and access to specialists, such as cardiologists, gynecologists, and mental health providers. You can also get home health care and geriatric care, as well as medical equipment, prosthetics, and prescriptions.
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf War Registry Health Exam for Veterans  VA’s Gulf War Registry Health Exam alerts Veterans to possible long-term health problems that may be related to environmental exposures during their military service. The registry data helps VA understand and respond to these health problems more effectively.
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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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VA Palo Alto Health Care System Women's Trauma Recovery Program (WTRP)  In 1992, the Department of Veterans Affairs opened the National Women's Trauma Recovery Program (WTRP) as part of the National Center for PTSD at Menlo Park, CA. The WTRP, designed to treat women Veterans, active duty service members, National Guard, and Reservists with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is the first residential program of its kind and is open to women across the country. Many of the women who are referred to the program have experienced traumas that include but are not limited to military sexual trauma (MST), combat trauma, and training accidents.
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Vets4Warriors  Our mission is to provide 24/7 confidential, stigma free peer support by veterans to Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, Veterans, Retirees, and their families and caregivers.
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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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Women Veterans Health Care Call Center  The WVCC staff is trained to provide women Veterans, their families, and caregivers about VA services and resources. We are ready to respond to your concerns. The call is free, and you can call as often as you like until you have the answers to your questions.
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Hospice of Santa Cruz County  Our We Honor Veterans program is a partnership with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Together we are committed to bringing comfort, dignity and quality of life to veterans in our community.
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Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure in California  Learn about the dangers of asbestos exposure in California, and find local information in regards to veteran mesothelioma care and assistance.
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Mesothelioma.net  Information about this rare cancer and what you can do to improve your life expectancy, the latest treatments available, updated with the latest information. Financial Aid for Treatment Find A Doctor V.A. Claims & Benefits Mesothelioma and Asbestos Trust Funds to compensate those workers in Companies negligent in workers’ asbestos-related injuries
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Swords to Plowshares  Founded in 1974 by veterans, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides needs assessment and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to approximately 3,000 veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area each year.
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The Coming Home™ Project  Coming Home Project is a non-profit organization devoted to providing expert, compassionate care, support, education, and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, service members, their families, and their care providers. We are an experienced team of psychotherapists, veterans and interfaith leaders committed to alleviating the unseen wounds of war.
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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.