California

State and Community Programs and Services

Financial Support

The California National Guard Financial Assistance Fund (CNGFAF) was established to assist California National Guard Members and their families who experience financial difficulties as a result of deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. These grants are based on an unmet need as a result of deployment and to help in areas not covered by the California Military Family Relief Fund. www.calguard.ca.gov

Veterans Village of San Diego

Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD), also known as Vietnam Veterans of San Diego, is dedicated to extending assistance to needy and homeless veterans of all wars and eras and their families by providing housing, food, clothing, substance abuse recovery and mental health counseling, job training and job search assistance. www.vvsd.net

The Pathway Home

The Pathway Home Program is a Residential Recovery program specifically created for, and dedicated to service members who have served our Nation's Global War on Terror in areas of the world such as Afghanistan and Iraq. The Pathway Program can help address post-deployment issues and maximize each Warrior's mental and physical health, coping, resiliency, and overall functioning-whether that is post-deployment, or to re-deployment, or civilian status. www.thepathwayhome.org

Vietnam Veterans of California

Vietnam Veterans of California (VVC) offers community-based activities for veterans and their families. With four service centers in Northern California, VVC is focused on veteransAca,!a,,c issues and works to design innovative programs, which respond to the diverse needs of veterans and the community. VVC helps address the issues of employment counseling and training, transitional housing, alcohol/drug recovery, and humanitarian efforts. www.vietvets.org

Home Purchases

California's CalVet program provides below market mortgage interest rates to qualified veterans when purchasing a home. www.cdva.ca.gov

Military Spouse Residency Relief Act

On November 11, 2009, the President signed into law the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act. This Act, among other things, provides that when a service member leaves his or her home state in accord with military or naval orders, the service member's spouse may retain residency in his or her home state for voting and tax purposes, after relocating from that state to accompany the service member. In the State of California an exemption from California withholding tax may be claimed if an employees spouse is a member of the U.S. Armed Services and their state of legal residence is not California. For more information visit www.ftb.ca.gov

The Sisterhood of the Traveling BDUs

The Sisterhood of the Traveling BDUs was established in 2010 to connect teen daughters of service members to help boost self esteem, develop leadership and confidence and unite in sisterly support. The long term vision is to expand the sisterhood nationwide. www.sisterhoodbdus.org

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