Veterans Medical Center
5901 E. 7th St.
Long Beach, (213) 494-2611
The center provides veterans with government-sponsored medical and counseling services.
Orange County Veterans Service Office
1300 S. Grand Ave., Suite B
Santa Ana, (714) 834-2020
The office assists with Veterans Administration benefits, including application preparation, information and inquiries, appeals, discharge up-grade, Social Services verification and obtaining military documents. Open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are also two satellite offices. One, in the Huntington Beach Library, 7111 Talbert St. in Huntington Beach, is open Thursday and Friday; call (714) 536-5266 before visiting. The other, at 974 S. Melrose in Placentia, is open Monday and Tuesday; call (714) 630-7804 before visiting.
Veterans who need assistance with Cal-Vet farm and home loans can call this toll-free number.
Veterans Employment Representatives
900 E. Pacifico, Anaheim
The Job Services office of the state Employment Development Department offers computerized employment services free of charge to veterans. Open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
859 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim
This federally funded program provides readjustment counseling and other support services to Vietnam-era veterans. Open weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; appointment recommended.
American Combat Veterans Inc.
United Veterans Way, Inc.
2750 W. Yale, Anaheim
These organizations raise money to assist indigent patients at the Veterans Administration hospital in Long Beach, providing food baskets and organizing recreational excursions.
Post 131, Santa Ana, (714) 542-6517
Post 354, Buena Park, (714) 531-1179
Post 295, Cypress, (714) 995-9647
Post 142, Fullerton, (714) 871-2412
Post 72, Anaheim, (714) 635-7960
Post 132, Orange, (714) 538-6311
Post 277, Placentia, (714) 996-2190
Post 291, Newport Beach, (714) 673-5070
Post 455, Costa Mesa, (714) 548-2392
Post 555, Midway City, (714) 893-9525
Post 783, Stanton, (714) 897-0161
White Cane Post 266, Westminster,
The American Legion, the largest veterans organization in the United States with about 2.7 million members, is a social, service and support organization that is involved in many community projects.
AMVETS Service Foundation
1213 S. Dale
Anaheim, (714) 761-5811
AMVETS (American Veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam) was founded in 1944 and has about 150,000 members nationwide. The Service Foundation raises funds to maintain service officers at Veterans Administration hospitals, including the medical center in Long Beach. Information on local AMVETS posts can be obtained by calling the Service Foundation.
Disabled American Veterans Charities
201 S. Sullivan
Santa Ana, (714) 547-0615
D.A.V. Chapter 23, Santa Ana, (714) 836-1881
D.A.V. Chapter 65, Garden Grove, (714) 539-0255
The D.A.V. provides sheltered workshop, arts & crafts activities to disabled veterans and handicapped dependents of veterans, and offers limited emergency assistance, service-connected counseling and other support services.
Paralyzed Veterans Association
This organization, with chapters based in La Jolla and Long Beach, offers a variety of services to paralyzed veterans and works as an advocate on issues concerning paralyzed veterans.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Anaheim Post 3173, (714) 533-3173
Brea Post 5384, (714) 529-9112
Garden Grove Post 6475, (714) 537-9910
Buena Park Post 8954, (714) 739-9008
Placentia, (714) 524-9200
Costa Mesa Post 3536, (714) 548-2392
One of the largest veterans organizations in the United States, the VFW has about 1.8 million members. In addition to social functions, the group assists needy veterans and their families and promotes patriotism and community activities. There are several chapters and auxiliary chapters in Orange County; many are listed in the telephone directory.