Veterans Disability Benefits in California

Veterans in California have made significant sacrifices to safeguard our freedom and democratic values, and they certainly deserve our utmost respect and appreciation for their service.

One fundamental way we express our gratitude to our veterans is through the provision of Veterans Disability, a program specifically designed to support any veteran who has been injured during active duty. Beyond just disability benefits, California extends a range of additional benefits to its veterans, acknowledging and appreciating their service and the sacrifices they've made.

These benefits serve to ease veterans' transition to civilian life and aid in overcoming health and financial difficulties they might encounter after leaving the military.

Understanding Veterans Disability Benefits

Veterans Disability is a program managed by U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA). It awards monetary assistance to U.S. veterans who have been affected by a disease or injury associated with their active military service.

In California, these benefits hold great significance, given the sizable number of veterans residing in the state. The program is designed to ease the financial burdens that arise from these disabilities as a gesture of gratitude for the extraordinary sacrifices our veterans have made for their country.

How the Veterans Disability Benefits Program Works

The VA Disability program appraises the degree of a veteran's disability, delivering monthly financial compensation that corresponds to the gravity of the condition.

In California, the Veterans Service Office helps veterans understand and apply for VA benefits. Certified veterans service officers are ready to help veterans through the application process and advocate for their benefits.

Eligibility Requirements for Veterans Disability Benefits

To be eligible for VA benefits, veterans must meet several guidelines.

Both of these must be true:

  • You have an existing condition, either physical or mental, that impacts your health, and
  • Your service history includes active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.

And, at least one of the following must be true:

  • You incurred an injury or sickness during your military service that can be connected to your current condition. This is known as an in-service disability claim.

  • An existing injury or illness from before your military service worsened due to your service — called a pre-service disability claim, or
  • You have a disability that is associated with your active-duty service but it only manifested after your service ended. This is known as a post-service disability claim.

To be eligible for VA disability benefits, California veterans must have been part of active military and have a service-related disability, an ailment or injury that was incurred or exacerbated during their military service. The VA grades the disability degree from 10% to 100% which determines the compensation a veteran receives.

How to Apply for VA Disability in California

Application for VA Disability in California is a straightforward task if you have all your military and medical documents.

Veterans must assemble key documents, like their DD214 or other separation documents, medical proof of disability, and any dependency records.

Then, a claim must be filed either online through, by mail, or in person at a regional VA office.

Click here to file a VA Disability claim.

Need help? Call the VA benefits hotline: 800-827-1000

You must provide comprehensive and accurate details in the application process, as this can notably influence the speed and result of your claim. If you require assistance during this process, California veterans can contact their local Veterans Service Office.

What to Do If Your California VA Claim Is Denied

If your claim is denied, don't be discouraged. Veterans have the right to contest the decision. The first step is to submit a Notice of Disagreement with the VA. You must begin this process within a year from the date when the VA sent out the decision.

In California, organizations like the Veterans Service Office can provide support and guidance throughout the appeal process and aid in compiling the necessary medical evidence to prove a service-linked disability.

More VA Benefits Available to California Veterans

Veterans Disability is merely one of the benefits provided to veterans. The VA dispenses numerous additional benefits to California veterans, inclusive of healthcare services and comprehensive medical care through VA hospitals and clinics.

The VA also propels education and career advancement through initiatives like the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Veterans aspiring to own a home can access VA Home Loans, simplifying mortgage loan access.

Additional VA Benefits include:

  • VetSuccess on Campus
  • VA Life Insurance
  • Veterans Readiness and Employment
  • VA Pension
  • Dependents and Survivor Benefits
  • VA Burial Benefits
  • Health Care
  • VA Loans
  • Education and Training

Claiming Your California VA Benefits

Understanding and claiming Veterans Disability benefits is a necessary step for California veterans grappling with service-related health complications. These benefits, alongside other VA assistance programs, can notably uplift the quality of life for veterans and their families. All eligible veterans are encouraged to investigate these benefits and fully employ the support available as a show of gratitude for their service and sacrifices.

California — VA Office Locations

Veterans Benefits Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Los Angeles Regional Office Federal Building, 11000 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90024 800-827-1000
Oakland Regional Office 1301 Clay Street, Rm. 1400 North Oakland, CA 94612 800-827-1000
San Diego Regional Office 8810 Rio San Diego Drive San Diego, CA 92108 800-827-1000
Intake Site At Beale Air Force Base Hospital 15301 Warren Shingle Road Beale, CA 95903
Intake Site At Camp Pendleton VA Pre-Discharge Center, Bldg 13150, Room 226 Camp Pendleton, CA 92055
Intake Site At Camp Pendleton Wounded Warrior TC Wounded Warrior Career Transition Center (WWCTC) Bldg 278807T, Santa Margerita Road Camp Pendleton, CA 92055
Intake Site At China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station Family Service Center China Lake, CA 93555
Intake Site At Edwards Air Force Base Family Support Center Edwards AFB, CA 93524
Intake Site At Fort Irwin Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) Fort Irwin, CA 92310
Intake Site At Lemoore Naval Air Station Kings County Veterans Service Representative Lemoore, CA 93246
Intake Site At Los Angeles Air Force Base Family Support Center El Segundo, CA 90245
Intake Site At Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar VA Pre-Discharge Center, Bldg 5305, Miramar Way San Diego, CA 92121
Intake Site At Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Veterans Affairs Assistance Program 8810 Rio San Diego Dr. San Diego, CA 92108
Intake Site At Naval Base San Diego VA Pre-Discharge Center 3115 Dolphin Alley Bldg #270, Room 210 San Diego, CA 92136
Intake Site At Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton DES office, Naval Hospital Lower level Santa Margerita Road Camp Pendleton, CA 92055
Intake Site At Naval Medical Center San Diego Balboa Career Transition Center (BCTC) Balboa Hospital Bldg 26, #3B San Diego, CA 92134
Intake Site At Point Mugu NAS Family Support Center Port Hueneme, CA 93043
Intake Site At Port Hueneme NCBC Family Support Center Port Hueneme, CA 93043
Intake Site At Travis Air Force Base Travis Airman & Family Readiness Center Travis AFB, CA 94535
Intake Site At Twenty-nine Palms MCCC Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Bldg 1437 or 29 Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

National Cemetery Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Pacific District 1301 Clay Street, Suite 1230 North Oakland, CA 94612-5209 510-637-6270
Bakersfield National Cemetery 30338 East Bear Mountain Blvd Arvin, CA 93203 Mailing Address: PO Box 459 Arvin, CA 93203 661-867-2250
Benicia Arsenal Post Cemetery Birch Rd Benicia, CA 94510 707-693-2460
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery 1700 Cabrillo Memorial Dr. San Diego, CA 92106 858-658-7360
Golden Gate National Cemetery 1300 Sneath Lane San Bruno, CA 94066 650-589-7737
Los Angeles National Cemetery 950 S Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049 310-268-4675
Miramar National Cemetery 5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA 92122 858-658-7360
Riverside National Cemetery 22495 Van Buren Blvd. Riverside, CA 92518 951-653-8417
Sacramento Valley National Cemetery 5810 Midway Road Dixon, CA 95620 707-693-2460
San Francisco National Cemetery 1 Lincoln Boulevard, Presidio of San Francisco San Francisco, CA 94129 Mailing Address: 1300 Sneath Lane San Bruno, CA 94129 650-589-7737
San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery 32053 West McCabe Rd. Santa Nella, CA 95322 209-854-1040

Veterans Health Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Construction & Facilities Management Regional Office - West 400 Mare Island Way, Suite 100 Vallejo, CA 94590 707-562-8277
VISN 21: Sierra Pacific Network 391 Taylor Blvd., Suite 200 Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
San Francisco VA Health Care System 4150 Clement Street San Francisco, CA 94121 415-221-4810
Central California VA Health Care System 2615 E. Clinton Avenue Fresno, CA 93703 559-225-6100
Livermore 4951 Arroyo Road Livermore, CA 94550 925-373-4700
Menlo Park 795 Willow Road Menlo Park, CA 94025 650-614-9997
VA Northern California Health Care System 10535 Hospital Way Mather, CA 95655 800-382-8387
VA Palo Alto Health Care System 3801 Miranda Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94304-1290 650-493-5000
Capitola Clinic 1350 41st Avenue, Suite 102 Capitola, CA 95010-3906 831-464-5519
Chico Outpatient Clinic 280 Cohasset Road Chico, CA 95926 530-879-5000
Fairfield Outpatient Clinic 103 Bodin Circle, Travis Air Force Base Fairfield, CA 94535 707-437-1800
Major General William H. Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic 201 Ninth Street Marina, CA 93933 831-884-1000
Mare Island Outpatient Clinic 201 Walnut Avenue Vallejo, CA 94592 707-562-8200
Martinez Outpatient Clinic and Community Living Center 150 Muir Road Martinez, CA 94553 925-372-2000
McClellan Dental Clinic - Sacramento 5401 Arnold Avenue McClellan, CA 95652 916-333-5500
McClellan Outpatient Clinic - Sacramento 5342 Dudley Blvd. McClellan, CA 95652 916-561-7400
Modesto Clinic 1225 Oakdale Road Modesto, CA 95355 209-557-6200
Oakland Behavioral Health Clinic 525 21st Street Oakland, CA 94612 510-587-3400
Oakland Outpatient Clinic 2221 Martin Luther King Jr. Way Oakland, CA 94612 510-267-7800
Redding Outpatient Clinic 3455 Knighton Rd. Redding, CA 96002 530-226-7555
Sacramento Mental Health Clinic at Mather 10535 Hospital Way Mather, CA 95655 916-366-5420
San Jose Clinic 5855 Silver Creek Valley Pl San Jose, CA 95138 800-455-0057
Sierra Foothills Outpatient Clinic 11985 Heritage Oak Place Auburn, CA 95603 530-889-0872
Sonora Clinic 13663 Mono Way Sonora, CA 95370 209-588-2600
Stockton Clinic 7777 South Freedom Rd French Camp, CA 95231 209-946-3400
Yreka 101 E Oberlin Rd Yreka, CA 96097 530-841-8500
Clearlake VA Outpatient Clinic 15145 Lakeshore Drive Clearlake, CA 95422 707-995-7200
Eureka VA Outpatient Clinic 930 W. Harris Eureka, CA 95503 707-269-7500
Fremont Clinic 39199 Liberty Street, Building B Fremont, CA 94538 510-791-4000
Merced Community-Based Outpatient Clinic 340 E Yosemite Ave Merced, CA 95340 209-381-0105
Oakhurst Community-Based Outpatient Clinic 40597 Westlake Drive Oakhurst, CA 93644 559-683-5300
San Bruno VA Outpatient Clinic 1001 Sneath Lane, Suite 300, Third Floor San Bruno, CA 94066 650-615-6000
Santa Rosa VA Clinic South 2285 Challenger Way Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Santa Rosa VA Outpatient Clinic 3841 Brickway Blvd Santa Rosa, CA 95403 707-569-2300
SFVA Downtown Clinic 401 3rd Street San Francisco, CA 94107 415-281-5100
Tulare Community-Based Outpatient Clinic 1050 N. Cherry Street Tulare, CA 93274 559-684-8703
Ukiah VA Outpatient Clinic 630 Kings Court Ukiah, CA 95482 707-468-7700
VA Diamond View Outpatient Clinic 110 Bella Way Susanville, CA 96130 530-251-4550
Yuba City Outpatient Clinic 425 Plumas Street Yuba City, CA 95991 530-751-4500
Chico Vet Center 250 Cohasset Road, Suite 40 Chico, CA 95926 530-899-6300
Citrus Heights Vet Center 5650 Sunrise Blvd., Suite 150 Citrus Heights, CA 95610 916-535-0420
Concord Vet Center 1333 Willow Pass Road, Suite 106 Concord, CA 94520-7931 925-680-4526
Delta Vet Center 1327 Historical Plaza Way Manteca, CA 95336 209-825-8320
Eureka Vet Center 2830 G Street, Suite A Eureka, CA 95501 707-444-8271
Fresno Vet Center 1320 E. Shaw Ave, Suite 125 Fresno, CA 93710 559-487-5660
North Bay Vet Center 6010 Commerce Blvd., Ste. 145 Rohnert Park, CA 94928 707-586-5966
Oakland Vet Center 7700 Edgewater Drive, Suite 125 Oakland, CA 94621 510-562-7906
Peninsula Vet Center 795 Willow Road, Building 324 Wing B Menlo Park, CA 94025 650-614-9825
RCS Pacific District 5 District Office 420 Executive Court North Suite A Fairfield, CA 94534 707-646-2988
Sacramento Vet Center 1111 Howe Avenue Suite #390 Sacramento, CA 95825 916-566-7430
San Francisco Vet Center 505 Polk Street San Francisco, CA 94102 415-441-5051
San Jose Vet Center 5855 Silver Creek Valley Place, 3rd Floor 3A San Jose, CA 95138 408-574-9200
Santa Cruz County Vet Center 1350 41st Ave, Suite 104 Capitola, CA 95010 831-464-4575
VISN 22: Desert Pacific Healthcare Network 300 Oceangate, Suite 700 Long Beach, CA 90802 562-826-5963
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLA) 11301 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90073 310-478-3711
VA Loma Linda Healthcare System 11201 Benton Street Loma Linda, CA 92357 909-825-7084
VA Long Beach Healthcare System 5901 E. 7th Street Long Beach, CA 90822 562-826-8000
VA San Diego Healthcare System 3350 La Jolla Village Drive San Diego, CA 92161 858-552-8585
ASPIRE Center 2121 San Diego Avenue San Diego, CA 92110 855-297-8397
Blythe Rural Health Clinic 1273 West Hobson Way Blythe, CA 92225 760-921-1224
Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center 351 East Temple Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 213-253-2677
Sepulveda OPC and Nursing Home 16111 Plummer Street North Hills, CA 91343 818-891-7711
VA Loma Linda Ambulatory Care Center 26001 Redlands Blvd. Redlands, CA 92373 909-825-7084
VA West Los Angeles Healthcare Center 11301 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90073 310-478-3711
Anaheim 2569 W Woodland Dr Anaheim, CA 92801 714-763-5300
Bakersfield Community Based Outpatient Clinic 1801 Westwind Drive Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-632-1800
Chula Vista Clinic 353 H Street Chula Vista, CA 91910 619-409-1600
Corona 2045 Compton Avenue, Bldg. 7, Suite 101 Corona, CA 92881 951-817-8820
East Los Angeles Community Based Outpatient Clinic 5426 E. Olympic Boulevard City of Commerce, CA 90040 323-725-7372
Escondido 815 East Pennsylvania Avenue Escondido, CA 92025 760-466-7020
Gardena Community Based Outpatient Clinic 1149 West 190th Street Gardena, CA 90248 310-851-4705
Imperial Valley 1115 South 4th Street El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-1506
Kearny Mesa Clinic 8875 Aero Drive San Diego, CA 92123 Mailing Address: 8875 Aero Drive San Diego,CA, CA 92123 619-400-5000
Laguna Hills 23719 Moulton Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653 949-587-3700
Lancaster Community Based Outpatient Clinic 340 E Avenue I Suite 108 Lancaster, CA 93535 661-729-8655
Murrieta 28078 Baxter Rd., Suite 430 Murrieta, CA 92563 951-290-6500
Oceanside Clinic 1300 Rancho del Oro Drive Oceanside, CA 92056 760-643-2000
Oxnard Community Based Outpatient Clinic 1690 Universe Circle Oxnard, CA 93033 805-204-9135
Palm Desert 41-990 Cook St, Bldg F Ste 1004 Palm Desert, CA 92211 760-341-5570
Rancho Cucamonga 8599 Haven Ave., Suite 102 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 909-946-5348
Rio Clinic 8989 Rio San Diego, Suite 350 San Diego, CA 92108 619-228-8000
San Gabriel Valley Community Based Outpatient Clinic 7 West Foothill Blvd Arcadia, CA 91006
San Luis Obispo Community Based Outpatient Clinic 1288 Morro Street, Ste.200 San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 805-543-1233
Santa Ana 1506 Brookhollow Dr Santa Ana, CA 92705 714-434-4600
Santa Barbara Community Based Outpatient Clinic 4440 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93110 805-683-1491
Santa Maria Community Based Outpatient Clinic 1550 East Main Street Santa Maria, CA 93454 805-354-6000
Sorrento Valley Clinic 10455 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite 210 San Diego, CA 92121 858-552-7475
Victorville 15632 Outer Bear Valley Road, Suite 104 Victorville, CA 92395 760-951-2599
Villages At Cabrillo 2001 River Ave, Bldg 28 Long Beach, CA 90806 562-388-8000
Whittier/Santa Fe Springs Clinic 10330 Pioneer Blvd Suite 180 Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 562-347-2200
Antelope Valley Vet Center 38925 Trade Center Drive, Suites I/J Palmdale, CA 93551 661-267-1026
Bakersfield Vet Center 1110 Golden State Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-323-8387
Chatsworth Vet Center 20946 Devonshire St, Suite 101 Chatsworth, CA 91311 818-576-0201
Chula Vista Vet Center 180 Otay Lakes Road, Suite 108 Bonita, CA 91902-2439 877-618-6534
Corona Vet Center 800 Magnolia Avenue Suite 110 Corona, CA 92879 951-734-0525
East Los Angeles Vet Center 1000 Corporate Center Drive, Suite# 450 Monterey Park, CA 91754 323-728-9966
High Desert Vet Center 15095 Amargosa Rd, Suite 107 Victorville, CA 92394 760-261-5925
Los Angeles Vet Center 1045 W. Redondo Beach Blvd. Suite 150 Gardena, CA 90247 310-767-1221
North Orange County Vet Center 12453 Lewis St. Suite 101 Garden Grove, CA 92840 714-776-0161
San Bernardino Vet Center 356 East Vanderbilt Way San Bernardino, CA 92408 909-801-5762
San Diego Vet Center 2790 Truxtun Road, Suite 130 San Diego, CA 92106 858-642-1500
San Luis Obispo Vet Center 1070 Southwood Drive San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 805-782-9101
San Marcos Vet Center One Civic Center Dr., Suite 150 San Marcos, CA 92069 855-898-6050
Sepulveda Vet Center Outstation 9737 Haskell Ave Sepulveda, CA 91343 818-892-9227
South Orange County Vet Center 26431 Crown Valley Parkway, Suite 100 Mission Viejo, CA 92691 949-348-6700
Temecula Vet Center 40935 County Center Drive, Suite A/B Temecula, CA 92591 951-302-4849
Ventura Vet Center 790 E. Santa Clara St. Suite 100 Ventura, CA 93001 805-585-1860
West Los Angeles Vet Center 5730 Uplander Way Suite 100 Culver City, CA 90230 310-641-0326
Community Resource and Referral Center 888 W. Santa Ana Blvd. Suite 150 Santa Ana, CA 92701 844-838-8300