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California Department of Veterans Affairs  (CalVet)

CalVet works to ensure California's veterans get the benefits their service entitles them to. This website has information on topics including, but not limited to: Disability Claims,  Education and the GI Bill,  Employment, Healthcare, Housing, Advocacy/Assistance, and VA Home Loans.  Users may also find information and additional services to  minorities, women, LGBT, or incarcerated veterans.  Register online to create a personal profile and receive information tailored specifically to you.

California Veterans Resource Book,
To view or download the annually updated, 200-plus page California Veterans Resource Book, click here:
The printed version, a paperback book, may be available at your local legislators’ offices  and at any of the County Veterans Service Offices (CVSOs) ).

County Veterans Service Offices (CVSOs)

CVSOs closest to Torrance are listed below.  Services vary by location, and not  all services are offered at each location. Please contact each office for details.  A list of all CVSOs  in Los Angeles County can be found  here.

The closest CVSOs to Torrance are:
Gardena Veterans Center, 1045 West Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA, 90247 ,                                                                 (310) 767-1221,                                                                                                                                                                                                 Hours: Friday, 8am-4pm
San Pedro Service Center, 769 W Third Street, San Pedro, CA, 90731                                                                                              (310) 519-6091,                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am–5:30pm
Long Beach VA Medical Center, 5901 E. 7th St, Bldg 8, Rm. 104, Long Beach, CA, 90822                                                        (562) 826-8000 Ext.4657,                                                                                                                                                                                            Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8am-4pm

Telephone Resources

Education Assistance 888-442-4551
Veterans Health Administration 877-222-8387
Homeless Vets Hotline 877-424-3838
VA Insurance Services 800-669-8477
Telephone Assistance Service 800-827-1000
Women Veterans 855-829-6636, 8 am-10 pm EST Mon-Sat

 CalVet Veterans Services Facebook page        

Sign up with your Facebook account, and find posts, photos, videos, and more.

California Veterans Registry    

This is an online project of the California Veterans Memorial Project, supported not by state funds but by private donations.   A free listing contains name, rank, and branch of service. More information may be added with a donation.  Any veteran who considers California to be their home is eligible to participate. 

Veterans Administration, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Official website of the federal agency administering programs, services, and benefits to military veterans.

U.S. Veterans Center, Gardena      310-767-1221    After hours, weekends, holidays: 877-927-8387
Gardena Medical Plaza, 1045 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Suite 150, Gardena, CA 90247
Mon, Tue, Thu, 8am-8pm; Wed, Fri, 9am-4:30pm
Counseling for veterans Monday through Thursday.  Representative Armand Assayag assists veterans with veterans’ benefits and  applications on Fridays; appointments preferred. 

Veterans Administration Long Beach Health Care System      562-826-8000
5901 E. 7th Street, Rm. 217, Long Beach, CA 90822      Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm
A teaching hospital providing full range of patient care services as well as education and research.

Veterans Administration Long Beach Health Clinic        562-826-8000  ext. 8414
5901 E. Seventh St., Long Beach, CA 90822

Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System   310-478-3711   Ext. 49711
11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90073    Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm
Services provided for veterans: homeless programs, health care services, transitional housing programs, benefits counseling and mental health outpatient care. Contact Peer Support Specialist Juma Rafiki  for assistance.

Community Focal Point on Aging Service Directory  (Torrance)   

Issued annually in May, this directory of information and services for seniors (age 50 plus) in Torrance is compiled by the staff of the Focal Point on Aging, a referral service operated out of the Russ Nolte Annex of the Bartlett Center at Cravens and Post Avenues in Old Torrance. The section entitled “Veterans,” on pages 245-252 in the 2018-2019 edition, gives a description of and contact information for selected national, state, and local agencies or organizations of interest to veterans. Click here to access the entire directory.

The following listings, not all with websites, are excerpted from the Directory issued in May 2019. Consult the full description in the online or printed Directory. The printed edition, plastic comb-bound, is available for reference use or for checkout (call for availability) at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, or for giveaway (while supplies last) at the Focal Point office.

1736 Family Crisis Center - Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program         
1044 Figueroa St., Wilmington, CA 90744      866-249-3350
Supportive services for veterans help veterans through outreach, permanent housing placement and case management. The program is VA funded and designed to prevent homelessness and/or rapidly house single veterans and/or veterans with families. Call for an eligibility screening over the phone. Outreach coordinator, Cliff Gardner, phone 323-770-2529 or

Amada Senior Care     310-953-0440   (24-hrs on call)          
3812 Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 200, Torrance, CA 90505   Hours: M-F, 8:30-5:30
As a contractor with the Veterans’ Administration, Amada Senior Care provides VA subsidized in-home care to veterans who can qualify for these benefits. They will conduct a complimentary assessment of eligibility and guide you through the process of getting the Veterans Administration to pay for services to assist with personal care, errands, light housekeeping, etc. Amada will help qualify for the benefit and provide the caregivers who assist you.

California Department of Veterans Affairs – Los Angeles District Office           213-620-2755
11000 Wilshire Blvd., #5203 Los Angeles, CA 90024  
Hours: Mon-Thu, 8-3:30;  Fri, 8-noon

Century Villages at Cabrillo    562-388-8000               
2001 River Ave. Long Beach, CA 90810     Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30-12, 1-5:30     
A residential community offering transitional housing for homeless veterans and families. Administered by the U.S. Veterans Initiative. Services include a residential addiction treatment program, a residential job re-entry program, long-term supported housing for veterans, and rental assistance housing for senior and disabled veterans. All programs offer food, supportive services and employment assistance to veterans. For housing appointments, call the above number.

Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS)     800-321-1080    Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm EST
Customer Care Center
DFAS provides finance, accounting, and annuity payment services for veterans and their dependents including survivor benefits. The survivor benefit plan provides eligible beneficiaries with a monthly payment based on a percentage of the deceased retirees pay. For eligibility and related personal questions contact the agency directly. For general information access the website.

Employment Development Department  (State of California)       310-782-2101
1220 Engracia Ave. Torrance, CA 90501      Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm
Provides a comprehensive range of employment and training services which would benefit job seekers, laid off workers, individuals currently working, veterans, and people with disabilities. Veteran Employment Service assists with job search for veterans.

Geriatric Solutions Unlimited       310-403-3499     (24/7)
1601 N. Sepulveda Blvd., #136 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Specializes in providing personalized free resources and information to seniors and families looking for alternative options in transitioning their loved one. Assists in process to find the right assisted living, memory care/Alzheimer’s care communities, residential board and care, respite care, and retirement communities, that will fit individual needs. The focus is to understand and personalize the best resource solution. Specializes in giving resources for VA veteran’s, Aid and Attendance application benefits. The free service includes Geriatric Care consultants that will visit, evaluate and assess care needs, establish location, which is comfortable for client and family. Establish what client’s social and personal interest and their budget. English, Spanish and Tagalog spoken.

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles     800-399-4529
Long Beach Office: 601 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802    Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
Free civil legal aid for low-income individuals in L.A. County. Offers a variety of legal help including defense against unjust evictions, restraining and custody orders for domestic violence survivors, assistance with obtaining or restoring governments benefits, and a variety of services for military veterans. Appointment required.

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans       800-838-4357
1730 M Street NW, #705, Washington, DC 20036 Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm EST     

Veterans in Crisis:    800-838-4357    (24/7)
The organization is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for homeless veterans.

National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates        877-483-8238
1775 Eye Street NW, Ste. 1150 Washington, D.C. 20006
A non-profit group which maintains an excellent directory of lawyers who practice veterans law. The easy-to-navigate directory is organized by state.

 Public Counsel      800-870-8090        213-385-2977
610 S. Ardmore Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005       Mon-Fri, 9am-12:30pm, 1:30-5:15pm
A law firm specializing in delivering a wide variety of pro bono legal services to low-income individuals and non-profits. Areas of assistance include government benefits, homelessness prevention, affordable housing advocacy, immigrants’ rights, impact litigation, and legal representation for veterans. Does not handle criminal law matters or matters relating to personal injury, divorce or child custody. Free bankruptcy help through “Debtors Assistance Project”, extension 704 on Tues. and Thurs. 10am-12pm, 2-4 pm. Appointment required and no walk-ins accepted.

Social Security Administration     800-772-1213     TTY 800-325-0778
20000 Mariner Ave., Suite 150, Torrance, CA 90503   Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 9am-4pm; Wed 9am-12pm
Information and referral. Handles Social Security benefits, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), retirement, survivors, and disability insurance.

U.S. Veterans Center, Gardena      310-767-1221

After hours, weekends, holidays: 877-927-8387
Gardena Medical Plaza, 1045 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Suite 150, Gardena, CA 90247
Mon, Tue, Thu, 8am-8pm; Wed, Fri, 9am-4:30pm
Counseling for veterans Monday through Thursday. Representative Armand Assayag assists veterans with veterans’ benefits and filling out applications for benefits. This service is only available on Fridays where walk-ins are available but appointments preferred.

Veterans Administration Caregiver Support Line       855-260-3274    5 am-5 pm PST    
Assistance in finding the appropriate support services for the veteran.

 Veterans Crisis Line – Suicide Prevention Hotline      800-273-8255  Ext. 1     (24/7)
A free hotline set up by the Veterans Health Administration giving 24/7 access to trained counselors who know what a veteran is going through. Provides support for veterans in crisis and their family and friends. All calls are confidential.

West Los Angeles Worksource Center     310-309-6000  Ext. 282
5446 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230     Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Veterans First program, operated by the Jewish Vocational Service of Southern California, provides career coaching to veterans, helping navigate the civilian business world. Will help assess job skills and, if needed, will help get additional education and training. The veteran must be under-employed with honorable discharge or general under honorable conditions. Open to all faiths and must live in the Los Angeles area.