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Veteran Resource Center

About Veteran Services


The mission of Veterans Services at the Madera County Workforce Investment Corporation is to provide access to quality education, training, job placement services and other valuable resources and information for eligible military veterans and their spouses. We have information on a wide variety of resources and services, beyond those listed above, targeted specifically for the Veteran community, and make this information available through our website and at any of our three locations in Madera County. We will make every effort to connect you with the services that best fit your needs.

Our office assists veterans and their spouses to obtain benefits from the federal, state and local agencies administering programs for veterans, and provides advocacy and outreach to the veterans community, while promoting and facilitating access to needed services.

If you are unsure of where to find help, need assistance to get started, or are just unsure of the services available, you can obtain assistance by calling our office. Our professional staff members will assist you or direct you to the appropriate resources.

HOT TOPICS


A Matter of Duty
details Kennebec Sheriff Randy Liberty’s personal battle with PTSD and several veterans in his charge at the Kennebec County Jail. Liberty’s honest about his own condition and his efforts to help other veterans vividly depicts the continuing impact of war on the men and women who have served our county
. http://www.mpbn.net/Television/LocalTelevisionPrograms/AMatterofDuty.aspx


EDUCATION RESOURCES


GI Bill Website – The Home for all Educational Benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs

http://www.gibill.va.gov

Fresno VAMC Work Study Program – Provides work study program for Veteran students, enabling them to earn money while also using their GI educational benefits

Contact information:
Mary Golden
2615 E. Clinton Ave.
Fresno, CA 93703
(559) 228-6907 

Madera Community College – Center State Community College District Reedley College

Contact information:
Gricelda M. Spear, MS
Veteran Counselor
30277 Ave. 12
Madera, CA 93638
(559) 675-4800
Email: Gricelda.spear@scccd.edu

California State University, Fresno

Contact information:
Robyn Gutierrez
Veterans Services Specialist
Admissions and Records
California State University, Fresno
5150 N. Maple Ave. M/S JAA57
Fresno, CA 937740-8026
(559) 278-7030
rgutierrez@csufresno.edu
www.fresnostate.edu/are/registrar/veterans

Daniel Rex Bernand
Program Coordinator
Veterans Education Program
California State University, Fresno
5048 N. Jackson M/S LS129
Fresno, CA 93740-8025
(559) 278-1901
dbernard@csufresno.edu
www.ReturningVeteransEducation.com

Fresno City College – A College of the State Center Community College District

Contact Information:
Mary P. Alfieris
International Scholars and Veterans’ Certification Specialist
1101 E. University Ave.
Fresno, CA 93741
(559) 442-8224
Mary.alfieris@fresnocitycollege.edu


COMMUNITY SERVICES


Madera County FOOD BANK

Contact Information:
Ryan McWherter
Executive Director
225 South Pine St.
Madera, CA 93637
(559) 674-1482
Rmcwherter.maderafoodbank@gmail.com
www.maderafoodbank.com

County of Madera Veterans Services – Assist Veterans, their dependents and survivors in obtaining benefits from federal, state, and local agencies administering programs for Veterans

Contact Information:
Charles Hunnicutt
Veterans Service Officer
Madera Government Center
Veterans Services – First Floor
200 West  4th St.
Madera, CA 93637
(559) 675-7766
PDA (559) 240-2970
Charles.hunnicutt@co.madera.ca.us

CAL-VET California Department of Veteran Affairs – Connects California Veterans and their families to their educational, employment compensation and pension claims, healthcare, housing, and state benefits, assists with VA claims

Contact Information:
David Rose
Local Intra-Agency Network Coordinator
Veterans Service Division
3845 N. Clark St. #103
Fresno, CA 93726
Cell (559) 706-6270
Office (559) 600-5436
david.rose@calvet.ca.gov

myCalVet – allows website users to create a personal online profile based on their own interests and needs. www.calvet.ca.gov

Office of Veterans Business Development – Outreach services for Veterans waiting to open a small business. Provides guidance on how to obtain certification for Federal contracting and SBA loans for Veterans interested in starting small businesses

Contact Information:
Peter Estrada
Economic Development Specialist
Veterans Outreach Specialist
801 R Street Suite 201
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 487-5791 ext. 2703
Peter.estrada@sba.gov
www.sba.gov/ca/fresno

Getting Veterans Back to Business – Veteran’s Small Business Resource Guide available on line

U.S. Small Business Administration
1-800-U ASK SBA
www.sba.gov/reservists

2012 California Veteran’s Resource Book – Veterans Resource Book available on line

www.calvet.ca.gov/Files/VetServices/Veterans_Resource_Book.pdf
California Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Services Division
PO Box 942895
Sacramento, CA 94299-9956

Department of Veterans Affairs – VA Central California Health Care System

Contact Information:
Violet Green, M. A.
Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist
2615 E. Clinton Ave.
Fresno, CA 93703-2223
(559) 225-6100 ext. 5639
violet.green@va.gov

Main Hospital
2615 E. Clinton Ave.
Fresno, CA 93703
Main (559) 225-6100
Appointments ext. 5332
Eligibility ext. 6950
Mental Health ext. 5468
www.fresno.va.gov

Veterans Suicide Hotline Veterans Chat VA Suicide Coordinators – Suicide prevention resources that benefit Veterans with 24 hour hotline, chat with other Veterans, and each of the VA Medical Centers have Coordinators

(800) 273-8255
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

WestCare California – HomeFront Transitional Living Program offers housing services to underserved homeless female Veterans & their children for up to two years

Contact information:
To enroll you must contact Veterans’ Affairs Office by calling 225-6100 and discussing eligibility.

HomeFront (559) 266-1169
San Joaquin Valley Veterans (559) 255-8838

Madera Rescue Mission

Contact information:
Madera Rescue Mission
1305 Clinton
Madera, CA 93638
(559) 675-8321
MUnger@maderarm.org

City of Madera Transit System – MAX Madera Area Express

Contact information:
(559) 661-7433
Intermodel Center
123 North E Street
Madera, CA 
www.cityofmadera.org/Grant/Transportation.asp
www.maderactc.org

Dial-A-Ride – To schedule a trip, you must call 661-7433 at least 2 hours in advance of your trip 

HCV Veteran’s Affair Supportive Housing (VASH) Program – The HCV VASH program provides Voucher rental assistance specifically for qualifying homeless Veterans.

Contact information:
Housing Authority of the City of Madera
205 North G Street
Madera, CA 93637
(559) 674-5695 

VFW POST 1981

Contact information:
Post 1981 Corp. Herbert E Macon
2026 N Granada Dr.
Madera, CA 93637-9461
(559) 661-9038
Meeting time 7:00 p.m. 2nd Tuesday


Employment


My Next Move
– You’ve served your country. Now you’re ready for a new challenge. What do you want to do for a living? Enter your military job title code of your military classification. We’ll suggest civilian careers with similar work. O*NET Interest Profiler suggests careers based on the type of work you enjoy doing.

www.mynextmove.org/vets/

Veterans Employment ToolKit – United States Department of Veterans Affairs – This toolkit is designed to provide you with answers and resources in finding and obtaining employment, as well as making career decisions and excelling in the workplace.

www.va.gov/vetsinworkplace/veteranresources.asp

2013 Top 100 Military Friendly Employers – The 10th annual list of Top 100 Military Friendly Employers as released by G. I. Jobs

www.showyourstripes.org/resources/top100military.html

G.I. Jobs: Civilian Careers & Education for Military Veterans – Job Finding Guide for Veterans

www.gijobs.com

Employment Development Department – Specially trained staff to ensure Veterans receive maximum employment and training opportunities. Special assistance is available for Veterans with service connected disabilities.

Connect information:
Annette Wholaver
Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist (DVOP)
3302 N. Blackstone Ave. #225
Fresno, CA 93726
(559) 230-3628
Annette.wholaver@edd.ca.gov

Scott Kilgore
Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER)
2555 S. Elm Avenue
Fresno, CA 93706
(559) 445-6733
Scott.kilgore@edd.ca.gov

Military Hire.com – A military hiring network.  Website developed and maintained by a team of both military Veterans and corporate hiring authorities.

www.militaryhire.com

Reemployment Deployment: Veterans Job Search and Career Help

http://www.careeractionresources.com/career-action-blog/reemployment-deployment-job-search-and-career-help-for-u-s-veterans

VetJobs – “VetJobs is a leading source for candidates with security clearances.”

https://vetjobs.com

How to Get a State Job with the CA Department of Veterans Affairs

Contact information:
California Department of Veterans Affairs
Human Resources Division
Headquarters Office
1227 O Street, Room 404
Sacramento, CA 95814
www.calvet.ca.gov
join.calvet@calvet.ca.gov
(855) 300-1896

PG&E Power Pathways – a collaboration with local community colleges, the public workforce development system and unions – to enlarge the talent pool of qualified candidates for entry-level skilled craft jobs, such as a Utility Worker or Lineman.

Contact information:
powerpathway@pge.com


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

Central Valley VeteransProvides temporary support that translates into permanent solutions with a priority to keep Veterans in permanent house and working.

http://centralvalleyveterans.org/

Disability Compensation – Live life to the fullest after service. VA benefits can enhance your independence and help you care for your family.

http://explore.va.gov/disability-compensation

Request Your Military Service Records Online or Phone – Includes DD214/Separation Documents, Personnel Records, and/or Medical Records

www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records

NPRC: 1-866-272-6272

NAVY:1-866-827-5672

MARINE CORP: 1-800-268-3710

ARMY: 1-800-318-5298

NATIONAL GUARD: 1-800-318-5298

AIR FORCE (ACTIVE): 1-800-565-2450

AIR FORCE (RESERVE): 1-800-525-0102

California Army National Guard
Joint Force Headquarters
ATTN: CAAD-G1-DA
P.O. Box 269101
Sacramento, CA 95826-9101
(916) 854-3799
FAX (916) 854-3396

California Air National Guard
Joint Force Headquarters
ATTN: ANG/IM
P.O. Box 269101
Sacramento. CA 95826-9101
(916) 854-3557
FAX (916) 854-3575 

eBenefits – My Gateway to Benefit Information – The eBenefits web portal is an online resource for tools and benefits-related information. The portal serves Veterans, Service members, their families, and their caregivers.

www.ebenefits.va.gov

VA  Help line 1-800-827-1000

VA FRESNO TELEHEALTH SERVICES – If you live in a rural area, you may not need to travel to the main VA facility for your next specialty or group appointment. The VA offers state of the art videoconferencing equipment to provide greater access to care for Veterans that live in rural areas.

Contact information:

Kathy Humphrey RN, BSN, BC
Facility Teleheath Coordinator, Oakhurst CBOC
(559) 225-6100 ext. 5404
(559) 683-5300 

California Phones  – Free specialized phones for eligible California residents make it easier to stay connected-now it’s easier to hear, easier to dial and easier to call.

Contact information:
Voice: 1-800-806-1191
TTY: 1-800-806-4474
www.californiaphones.org

Oakhurst Community-Based Outpatient Clinic – Sierra Pacific Network -VA Central California Health Care System –Numerous Healthcare Services offered   Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday. 7:30 a.m. –  4:00 p.m. excluding holidays

Contact information:
40597 Westlake Drive
Oakhurst, CA 93644
(559) 683-5303
Parent Facility: VA Central California Health Care System
(559) 225-6100 or (888) 826-2838

My Healthevet – VA’s Award-Winning Personal Health Record – My Health, My Care: 24/7 Online Access to VA -  Anywhere, Any Time Internet Access to VA Health Care!

Contact information:
www.myhealth.va.gov
VA Central California Healthcare System
2615 E. Clinton Ave.
Fresno, CA 93703
http://www.fresno.va.gov/

Teri Mason, My HealtheVet Coordinator
(559) 225-6100 ext. 5597

California Department of Veterans Affairs Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MyCalVet

Explore VA – dedicated to your health and wellness and will partner with you to help you achieve your personal health goals and make your resolutions a reality.

http://www.va.gov/Explore/

United States Department of Justice – The Department of Justice, in partnership with other Federal agencies, is committed to enforcing the federal laws that protect civil rights of servicemember’s.

http://www.justice.gov/crt/spec_topics/military/index.php

American Military Society – the American Military Society (AMS) is a leading association of loyal American, military and civilian, who have for more than 21 years joined in supporting all aspects of national security, with an emphasis on the men and women who serve and who have served.

http://www.amsmilitary.org/index.php