Our Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is staffed by trained volunteers who provide information about veteran benefits, resources, and local services. Veterans and family members can learn about state and federal education, employment, housing, health, disability, and other benefits. The VRC features a circulating book collection, up-to-date information from service providers, and access to Internet-connected computers.
For more information please call (650) 323-0362.
East Palo Alto Library
2415 University Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA
Computer Skills and Career Readiness Coaching
2nd and 4th Monday of the month
(for people who have served in the military)
Next workshops: Sep 11, Sep 25, Oct 23, Nov 13, Nov 27, Dec 11.
- Learn about email, surfing the internet, and using a printer.
- Get support in searching and applying for work.
Held at VetsConnect in the East Palo Alto Library from 12:00-2:00PM.
2415 University Avenue, 2nd Floor, Community Learning Office.
Drop-ins welcome, but we strongly suggest you reserve your spot for the date(s) that work for you, by signing up at the library's front desk, calling (650) 323-0362 or emailing us.
We are still looking for volunteers to help staff the Veterans Resource Center. If you are interested you can find out more information about the position here:
Basic Computer skills and Career Readiness Coach for Veterans
Work with library staff, volunteers, veterans, and veteran service organizations.
Time Commitment: 2 hours per week minimum.
Length of Commitment: 6 month commitment.
- San Mateo County Veteran's Service Office: (650) 802-6598
- National Call Center for Homeless Veterans: (877) 4AID-VET (424-3838)
- Veterans Crisis Line: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
- Wounded Warrior Resource Center: (800) 342-9647
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to common questions veterans may have
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Provides information on disability, education, training, vocational rehabilitation/employment, home loan guaranty, dependent/survivor benefits, medical treatment
Veterans Service Records, National Archives
Request military service records (DD 214), research using service records, replace lost medals and awards
Swords to Plowshares
Counseling and case management, employment and training, housing and legal assistance, mental health services
San Mateo Veterans Service Office (CVSO)
Veterans helps veterans access state and federal benefits that help veterans, their spouses and family members. The CVSO also provides information and referrals to a wide range of services and connects veterans to programs such as the California Veteran College Fee Waiver for veterans and dependents.
California Veterans Resource Book
Comprehensive e-book to state and federal veterans' benefits and services
California Department of Veterans Affairs- CalVet
Comprehensive guide to state and federal veterans' benefits and services
Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors
2014 online and print edition of the Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors
Coming Home Project
Provides a range of counseling services to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, active-duty service members, family members, and service providers
Peninsula Vet Center
Broad range of readjustment services, counseling, and employment services
2014 After the Military Handbook
Handbook designed to familiarize veterans with the scope of transition resources accessible. It includes information on special transition benefits, job assistance workshops, and automated employment tools
San Mateo Employment Application
Information on application preference for City and County of San Francisco employment for active-duty veterans
Employment Development Department Services for Veterans
Assists veterans and their eligible spouses maximize their employment and training opportunities
How to apply for state employment and veterans' preference
Find jobs in the federal government- Veterans have technical skills in areas of critical importance, and many also already have security clearances required for some Federal positions
2014 United States Military Retired Handbook
Provides information to help in the transition from active duty military to military retirement
County of San Mateo Health Services
Network of community behavioral health programs, clinics and private psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Domiciliary Service: Provides supportive outpatient and/or residential rehab to homeless and/or substance dependent vets with the goal to return individual to optimal independent living.
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Palo Alto, CA 94304
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VA Mental Health Resources
Provides information and resources for mental health issues including: anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, military sexual trauma, PTSD, schizophrenia, substance abuse, suicide prevention
SamTrans Veterans Mobility Corps (VMC)
(Part of Senior Mobility Initiative). Addresses transportation challenges faced by Veterans due to disabilities brought about by aging or injuries sustained during their service to our country. VMC recruits and trains volunteer veterans to help veterans with disabilities to acquire skills needed to access the mobility options for which they are eligible. Contact: Jean Conget, Senior Mobility Project Coordinator, San Mateo County Transit District, (650) 508-6362. More information here.
Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook
Updates Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reference information on the health care benefits available to enrolled Veterans and beneficiaries.
VA Education and Training
Provides information on education and training including the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill
Canada College Vet Services
Approved to certify veteran students under the G.I. Bill. Veteran Resource and Opportunity Center (VROC) is located in Building 9 on the second floor. Interested veterans can visit the Office of Admissions and Records, or call (650) 306-3123 for more information.
Skyline College Vet Services
Building 2, Room 2350. Mon-Thur: 9:00am - 6:00pm / Fri: 9:00am - 12:00pm. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (650) 738-7060
College of San Mateo Vet Services
Veterans Resource & Opportunity Center (VROC)
Central Hall Building 16, Room 150. (650) 574-6675 Fax: (650) 574-6681 email@example.com
Justine Evirs (Program Coordinator): firstname.lastname@example.org (650) 574-6625
Jeremy Mileo (Certifying Official): email@example.com (650) 358-6858
- Stanford's Office for Military-Affiliated Communities
California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program
Issues educational awards to qualifying members of the California Army or Air National Guard and State Military Reserve
Non-resident College Fee Waiver
Waives non-resident fees at all State of California Community Colleges, California State University, or University of California campuses
VA Work Study Program
Assists those who are receiving VA education benefits and attending school three-quarter time or more
2014 Getting Uncle Sam to Pay for Your College Degree Handbook
Information about opportunities to finance education from U.S. government and other institutions and how to apply for them
2014 Military Children's Scholarship Handbook
Scholarship and college planning handbook for children transitioning from high school to Housing
CalVet Veteran Homes
Housing resources for the state's eligible aged or disabled veterans
CalVet Home Loans
Home financing for veterans
Links for Local Services
- Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)Assists very low-income Veterans and Veteran households who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Services may include: Outreach, Case Management, and Assistance Obtaining Benefits, Temporary Financial Assistance with Rent, Moving Expenses, Security & Utility Deposits, Child Care, Transportation & Emergency Expenses, Housing & Credit Counseling, Housing Advocacy, Legal Assistance & Payee Services.
- San Mateo County: InnVision Shelter Network (650) 315-3771
- Next Step Resource Center (650) 566-0240
- Santa Clara County: Home First (BRC) (408) 510-7533
- Home First (SFLC) (408) 539-2171
- Goodwill of Silicon Valley (408) 869-9127
- Sunnydale Community Services (408) 738-4321
Project Homeless Connect
Annual event that connects homeless individuals to available social services in San Francisco. Project Veterans Connect is held once a year
Federal Center for Women Veterans
Provides information on health, benefits, memorials, and community engagement
Women Veterans Health Care
Provides information on health care for female veterans, including a hospital and clinic locator
Women's Trauma Recovery Program
Focuses on women veterans with PTSD and other post-combat mental health challenges
Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Veterans
Services and support for LGBT veterans
Guidebook for California Incarcerated Veterans
VA benefits for incarcerated veterans
Collaborative Justice Courts, Veterans Courts
Promote sobriety, recovery and stability through a coordinated response that involves cooperation and collaboration with the traditional partners found in drug and mental health courts in addition of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care networks and the Veterans' Benefits Administration
The Veterans History Project
Collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war
Guitars for Vets
Provide veterans with guitars and a forum to learn how to play
Pets for Vets
Supports any veteran desiring to adopt a cat or dog from the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Free and Reduced-Fee Fishing License
Provides free and reduced-fee sport fishing licenses for eligible veterans
Free and Reduced-Fee Hunting License
Provides free and reduced-fee hunting licenses for eligible veterans
Distinguished Veteran State Park Pass
No fee California State Park Lifetime Pass for eligible veterans