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The Military Officers Associations is a large national organization for military officers. MOAA's mission is to rally the community to advocate for strong national defense.

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Veterans Home Envisioned for Monterey County

The Military and Veterans Affairs office of Monterey County has a dream: a veterans home located in the county, preferably close to services such as health care while providing much-needed skilled nursing and memory care.

(May 16, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Santa Cruz Nonprofit Turning Ben Lomond Resort into ‘Vets Village’

An offer by the Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building to purchase two parcels currently occupied by Jaye’s Timberlane Resort has been accepted. Housing for as many as 16 pre-screened veterans and their families may be available on the property by early next year.

(Nov. 10, 2021) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report

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Vets Village Gets $6.4M Grant From Homekey

Two years ago the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) established Project Roomkey in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The idea behind the program was simple but important: protect people experiencing homelessness from coronavirus. The success of that …

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Newly-opened Veterans Village Provides Stability, Path for Healing

At an afternoon gathering in Ben Lomond Saturday, local service providers united to mark the opening of a housing project meant to help veterans get and stay off the streets.  The Veterans’ Village, formerly Jaye’s Timberlane Resort, features a series …

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Proposed Bill Would Help Families of Fallen Officers

State Senator John Laird on Jan. 18 introduced Senate Bill 850 (SB 850), a bill to ensure families of fallen officers receive survival benefits regardless of family structure.  The impetus for the bill was founded in the deaths of law …

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Ben Lomond Residents Get First Look at Vets Village

Gabriel Barhell, 56, is a former Air Force medic from Tennessee who served in the first Gulf War. He came to Santa Cruz with his girlfriend, a traveling nurse. And when they broke up, he ended up living in the …

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Celebrating Veterans Every Day

About 1.8 million veterans live in California. Here are some organizations dedicated to serving the needs of those who served America.

Image caption: California is home to many veterans in need of a variety of resources. From housing assistance to mental health services, the Golden State provides avenues to hope and healing.
At Their Service

California‘s veterans are as varied as the nations in which they served—a tapestry of different educational levels, professions, and life experiences. And they all deserve our respect and support.

Image caption: Stand Down events provide veterans with valuable resources including housing assistance, medical care, and a solid community of support.
Veterans in Need ‘Stand Down’

At hundreds of Stand Down events throughout California, veterans agencies and organizations come together to deliver life’s necessities.

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