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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Representing the 11th District of California

Veterans

Ways We Can Help

1. Contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on your behalf
2. Inquire about the status of your benefit claims and appeals
3. Assist with pay and benefit issues for active and reserve military 
4. Provide access to resources for families and dependents
5. Help obtain military records and honors, and cemetery and memorial services
6. Connect active duty personnel with existing resources

California has the nation’s highest number of veterans with nearly 2 million. In Contra Costa County, there are over 55,000 veterans. Our veterans have a special place in our society thanks to their selfless service in defense of our nation, and we must continue to support of our nation’s heroes both on the battlefield and after they return home.  

If you, a family member, or a friend is in need of assistance with the Veterans Administration, please contact our office at 925-933-2660.

If you need immediate assistance and are experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact the veteran’s crisis line at 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1).    

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers services that include:

  • Disability benefits

  • Education and training

  • Vocational rehabilitation and employment

  • Home loan guaranty

  • Dependent and survivor benefits

  • Medical treatment

  • Mental health services

  • Life insurance

  • Burial benefits.

Below is a list of information and resources on the following topics:

California Department of Veterans Affairs

The California Department of Veterans Affairs serves veterans and their families. They are the state's leading advocate and resource for veterans. The California department does not provide a lot of services directly, which is the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The California Department of Veterans Affairs provides information about:

  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Health care
  • Education
  • Loans
  • And more

Contra Costa Veteran Services

The Contra Costa County Veterans Service Office provides assistance to the men and women who served in the Armed Forces of America, their dependents and survivors, and the general public, in obtaining benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DOD), California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), and other programs for veterans and their families.

Location:
10 Douglas Dr.
Suite 100
Martinez, CA 94553
(925)-313-1481                   

 

Healthcare Resources for Veterans and Active Duty Personnel

Veterans Health Administration

The Veterans Health Administration is the largest integrated health care system in the United States. Their network of health care facilities provides comprehensive care to more than 8 million veterans every year. Visit the Veterans Health Administration website for information on:

  • Health benefits
  • Health provider locations
  • Wellness programs
  • And more.

 

Local Health Care:

The VA Northern California Health Care System
VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) is an integrated health care delivery system, offering a comprehensive array of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, mental health and extended care to veterans in Northern California. The health system is comprised of a medical center in Sacramento; a rehabilitation and extended care facility in Martinez, and seven outpatient clinics.

Martinez Outpatient Clinic

The Martinez Outpatient Clinic offers a full range of medical, surgical, mental health, and diagnostic outpatient services, including nuclear medicine, ultrasound, CT and MRI. The Center for Rehabilitation and Extended Care is located adjacent to the outpatient clinic.

Location:
150 Muir Road
Martinez, CA 94553
(925)-372-2000

Oakland Outpatient Clinic

The Oakland Outpatient Clinic, located in downtown Oakland, offers a wide array of medical, surgical, and ancillary health care services, including laboratory, radiology and pharmacy. Medicine services are available in cardiology, dietary, endocrinology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, neurology, pulmonary, rehabilitative medicine, social work services, women’s health, and urgent care. Surgical subspecialties are available in ENT, gynecology, optometry and ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, podiatry, and general surgery and urology.

Location:
2221 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Oakland, CA 94612
(510)-267-7800

Oakland Behavioral Health Clinic

The Oakland Behavioral Health Clinic provides a full range of mental health and substance abuse treatment services including, including treatment for drug and alcohol-related dependencies, medication management, methadone maintenance, individual and group therapy. The clinic also manages a Homeless Outreach Program and a Compensated Work Therapy Program.

Location:
525 21st St
Oakland, CA 94612
(510)-587-3400

Mare Island Outpatient Clinic

The Mare Island Outpatient Clinic, located in Vallejo, offers a wide range of medical and ancillary services including primary care, neurology, mental health, social work, dentistry, compensation and pension exams, laboratory and pharmacy services. The Sierra Pacific Network Office (VISN 21), Joint Planning Office and Medical Care Cost Finance (MCCF) Office are also located at this facility.

Location:
202 Walnut Avenue
Vallejo, CA 94592
707-562-8200

 

Resources for Active Duty Personnel

The following information is for military personnel. Please contact our office for assistance with any questions or problems you may have.