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If you serve or have served in the military and need legal assistance, this page can help you navigate the network of organizations and services available to you and your family.
California Department of Veterans Affairs
The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) has information on healthcare, housing, education, employment and benefits.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Provides advice for veterans and service members on protecting their finances and planning their financial future.
This government website affiliated with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs helps members with legal assistance in obtaining benefits.
National Center for PTSD
The National Center for PTSD is the world’s leading research center providing education, treatment options, and support related to PTSD and traumatic stress for veterans.
Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
SCRA is a program that provides certain protections in lending for active duty service members.
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares is a veterans service organization that provides online guides covering a range of issues important to veterans, including pensions, mental health exams, military records, and benefits.
Veterans Crisis Line
Free and confidential crisis hotline from specially trained and experienced qualified VA responders. Veterans can get support by phone, text, or chat. For more information, visit the Veterans Crisis Line.
Job Training & Apprenticeships
California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE)
Department of Labor
Swords to Plowshares
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The State Bar funds organizations throughout California who provide legal services for those with low and moderate incomes. The providers linked below focus on legal aid for veterans and service members.
These lists include providers funded by the State Bar as well as others who frequently provide this service. Please see the organization’s notes for more information. The lists are current as of February 2020.
Los Angeles County
San Diego County
San Francisco County
SF Bay Area
For a complete list of legal aid providers on a broader range of issues, please visit this page. Additional legal resources can be found at LawHelpCA.org.
Assistance with housing and home loans
Veterans, including the homeless and those who are struggling homeowners, can take advantage of help through state and federal programs. The California Department of Veterans Affairs connects to a range of programs.
Property tax exemptions for disabled veterans and surviving spouses
A veteran who is 100 percent disabled or is compensated at the 100 percent rate due to service-connected injury or disease is exempt up to $100,000 ($150,000 for low income) from property tax. More information
Treatment instead of jail time
Veterans whose crimes may be related to sexual trauma, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse or mental health problems from military service may have the option of treatment instead of serving time behind bars.
Veterans Treatment Courts
The Judicial Council maintains a list of Superior Courts in California counties with Veterans Treatment Courts for people facing various charges, from substance abuse to mental illness. These courts help connect veterans to treatment programs through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and California social service agencies.
Veterans or service members impacted by California wildfires or other disasters can find help here. Other state agencies can also help: