California Wildfire Information for Veterans
August 31, 2020: You are viewing an archived article. For the most up-to date information on receiving assistance during a wildfire, please view this article.
The California Veterans Home at Ventura is preparing for a potential evacuation due to the Thomas Fire burning near the home.
The Ventura Veterans Home is a 60-bed residential care for the elderly facility with 59 residents. All residents and staff were briefed by the home administrator this morning and were instructed to prepare for evacuation by packing clothing and medications. The home has sufficient busses and vans available for transportation. Air quality is not currently a concern within the home, however masks are available for residents and staff who go outside.
CalVet’s Veteran Services Division has been contacted by the Ventura County Veteran Service Office and DAV State Commander to begin support for outreach and services in the Ventura area.
Anyone seeking information on a family member who is a resident at the Veteran Home of California-Ventura should call our resident information line at (805) 659-7515.
If your home was involved in the fire and you have a CalVet home loan/insurance, please direct any questions to:
Serving Los Angeles & Ventura Counties
C – 213.342.7741
The CalVet homeowner insurance also provides for temporary living expenses for evacuations; please call today.
Veterans who are affected by wildfires should contact their County Veteran Services Office for assistance with filing claims, replacing service-related and benefit documents, and receiving job placement assistance. Below is the status of CVSO offices in areas impacted by wildfires. A complete list of CVSOs with contact information is available here.
Local Assistance Centers
Local Assistance Centers are opening in the fire-affected communities around Ventura. Governor Brown declared a state of emergency for Ventura County. To find the most up-to-date information about the Thomas fire and to find Local Assistance Centers and hours of operations, as well as additional resources, visit the Ventura County website http://readyventuracounty.org/.
County Veteran Services Office
The Ventura County Veteran Services Office is closed due to the fire, additional area locations are as follows:
Los Angeles County Veterans Service Offices
Main: (310) 478-3711 Ext. 48659
Santa Barbara County Veterans Service Offices
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) may be able to assist eligible veterans with accelerated claims processing, temporary housing and suspended debt payments. Veterans who are experiencing chronic homelessness or homelessness due to the fire can find information about housing assistance for veterans.
If you have a VA Home Loan, contact the VA Loan Servicing division at 877-827-3702. Learn more about special relief for VA Home Loan borrowers impacted by the California wildfires.
For more information about federal assistance for veterans, refer to:
- VBA Benefits Call Center: 1-800-827-1000
- Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255