​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.

Veteran Support

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:

Anthony Rodriguez 
CalVet LINC 
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

Location: Culver City Veterans Center
Hours: M-F 8am-4pm
Main: (310) 641-0326
Fax: (310) 641-9517
 
Location: Department of Public Social Services – Veterans Service Office Lancaster
Hours: M-F 8am-4pm
Main: (661) 974-8842
Fax: (661) 723-5247
 
Location: Gardena Veterans Center
Hours: Fri 8am-4pm
Main: (310) 767-1221
Fax: (310) 767-1403
 
Location: Headquarters – Bob Hope Patriotic Hall
Hours: M-F 8am-4pm
Main: (213) 744-4825
Fax: (213) 744-4444
Office: (213) 765-9681
 
Location: Liberty Community Plaza – Veterans Service Office
Hours: Fri 8am-4pm
Office: (562) 273-0786
 
Location: Long Beach VA Medical Center
Hours: M-Th 8am-4pm
Main: (562) 826-8000 Ext. 4657
Fax: (562) 826-5284
 
Location: Rancho Dominquez – Dept. of Public Social Services – Veterans Service Office
Hours: Mon 8am-4pm
Main: (310) 761-2221
Fax: (310) 635-7024
 
Location: Sepulveda VA Ambulatory Care
Hours: M-F 8am – 4pm
Main: (818) 891-7711 Ext. 9146
Fax: (818) 895-9493
 
Location: VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center
Hours: M-F 8am – 4pm
Main: (213) 253-2677 Ext. 4605
Fax: (213) 253-5123
 
Location: West Covina Court House – Veterans Service Office
Hours: M-F 8am-4pm
Main: (626) 813-3402
Fax: (626) 338-4481
 
Location: West Los Angeles VA Medical Center
Hours: M-F 8am-4pm

Main: (310) 478-3711 Ext. 48659

Santa Barbara County Veterans Service Offices

Location: Santa Barbara
Hours: M-F 9am – 12pm & 1pm – 5pm
Main: (805) 681-4500
Fax: (805) 681-4501
 
Location: Santa Maria
Hours: M-Th 7:30am – 6pm
Main: (805) 346-7160
Fax: (805) 346-8331

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

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Source: CalVet