Your Comprehensive Guide to California Veterans Benefits

Are you curious about veteran benefits? Well, we have answers.

Whether you’re looking for healthcare benefits, a CalVet home loan or assistance finding employment, our comprehensive 2018 California Veterans Resource Book removes the guesswork, making it easy for you to access the benefits and services you have earned.

CalVet’s Veterans Resource Book, which is now available in both digital and hard copy, outlines all of the state and federal benefits and other incentives available to California veterans. Each listing provides an overview of the benefit, as well as information on who is eligible and how to apply. You’ll also find a directory of veteran service organizations and volunteer opportunities.

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Here’s just a sampling of California state benefits. Eligibility criteria for each program varies. For example, some programs are available to all California veterans, while others are limited to disabled veterans, Medal of Honor recipients or former Prisoners of War.

  • Waiver of motor vehicle registration fees
  • Special license plates for California veterans: (Medal of Honor, Legion of Valor, Former Prisoners of War, Pearl Harbor Veterans, Purple Heart)
  • Reduced fees for fishing and hunting licenses
  • Property tax exemption
  • Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program
  • College tuition fee waiver for veterans’ dependents

In addition to these state benefits, there are a variety of federal programs available. These include cemetery benefits, mental health services, housing and homeless programs, and hiring preferences for federal employment.

Click here to download a PDF copy.

To pick up a hard copy, please visit your local CVSO office, or call us at 1-877-741-8532.

To order multiple copies for distribution to a service organization or other veterans groups, please click here. Please allow up to three weeks for delivery.




  1. Kev Kelly · · Reply



  2. Valentin castro · · Reply

    I would like information on how to file complaint.
    I have been having a very hard time reaching someone about free college tuition.


    1. Cathy Kenny · · Reply

      Hello Mr. Castro – I’m not sure what specifically you are referring to. Are you looking at education options for veterans or dependents? If you are interested in the college tuition fee waiver for dependents, you will find most of the information you need on our website. At the bottom of this web page, you will find a link to an eligibility calculator and an application.

      As with many veterans benefits, it’s a great idea to start with a visit to your County Veterans Service Office (CVSO), where they can help to file applications and claims. You can find links to all CVSOs here.

      If this information doesn’t help, please send an email to and provide a little more information. We will try to assist. Thanks.


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