News veterans can use:  Education and Job links.

Want to learn for free?   Coursera provides all Veterans with free certificates upon completion of any of the over 800 Coursera courses that you chose to take.   Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online.   Sign up and start taking courses today at the Veterans Employment Center.  After signing up you will be issued veteran credential after which you can sign in to Coursera and register for courses.

Free LinkedIn Subscription.  The world’s largest professional network is stepping up for Veterans. Sign up now for a free, one-year Job Seeker subscription.

Resume Template.  Time.com provides a resume design and word template you can download to make your resume stand out in 2016.

Transition GPS Training.  Learn how to align your goals with your future career.  This standalone Joint Knowledge Online course is available for veterans and family members.  Courseware includes lessons on AN employment workshop, federal employment and entrepreneur track self employment.

Veterans Events.  Check out our calendar on the events calendar button on the header bar and follow us on facebook page to learn more about local veterans services, programs and opportunities.

Veterans Benefits.   Ventura County Veterans Service Office has VA certified claims representatives to assist you with you VA claim.  Here is a link for their field office locations throughout the county.

eBenefits.  This VA website provides access to information on benefits, healthcare, education, and jobs.  Once you are registered, you will find this site can be useful for managing your VA benefits, too.

PTSD Resources.  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a website for veterans to connect with others that are dealing with issues stemming from military combat and service.   You can search for experiences similar to yours and connect with other veterans at Make the Connection.net.  The Vet Center offers readjustment counseling at no cost.  Link to the Vet Center’s Ventura office location and hours.

VA Oxnard Community-Based Outpatient Clinic.   VA Healthcare services available include: Primary Care, Women’s Health, Dietetics (Dietician), Physical Therapy, Mental Health, Clinical Pharmacy Specialists limited to anticoagulation and diabetic case management, Telehealth (mental health, retinal and audiology), Laboratory, and Radiology.   Here is link to the Oxnard Community-Based Outpatient Clinic location and additional information.

VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.   This is the VA’s regional office for Ventura County’s VA services.  Click here for their address, phone number, additional information on services and directions to the West LA campus and Sepulveda Ambulatory Care facility.

Event Highlights

California Lutheran University Corporate Leaders Breakfast.   DATE: March 4, 2016.  TIME:   7:30 am to 9 am.   LOCATION: Marriott Ventura Beach, 2055 Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001.   Mr. Ron Greenwood will talk about veteran owned business operations and founding the Gold Coast Veterans Foundation.  Attendance is free.  To register click here.  Contact Sharon Nelson, smnelso@callutheran.edu, (805) 493-3150 for more information.   March 4 CLB flyer.

EDD Veterans Job and Career Orientation.     DATE: Tuesdays every other week starting in March to May 7, 2016.  TIME:  10 am to 12 pm.   LOCATION: Gold Coast Veterans Foundation, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Suite D, Camarillo.   EDD holds Veterans Orientation honoring our service men and women.   Representatives from VA Veterans Center, Ventura County Veterans Service Office and EDD Workforce Services Veterans Service Program will be present.  Call EDD at (805) 382-8610 for more information.   Gold Coast Veterans Foundation is hosting EDD for a couple months while there facilities are renovated.  Admission is free to veterans.

Veterans Connection   DATE: Monday through Friday.   TIME: Mon to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  LOCATION: 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Suite D, Camarillo, CA.  Our Veterans Connection program is a one stop shop for veteran services in Camarillo, CA.  Find information on local veterans services, programs and opportunities.  Talk to veterans who care.  Call (805) 482-6550 or email GCVFinfo@gmail.com to find assistance.  We are looking for a few good volunteers too.  If you do not have time to volunteer and you would like to join our wonderful supporters and help our local veterans, Donate now.

VA Claims Representative available for walk in appointments.  DATE: Every Wednesday.   TIME: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Jan 27 only), out of the office Feb 3 and 13th, 8 am to 4 pm (Feb 20th & later).   Ventura County Veterans Service Office Claims representative assists veterans and their family members file claims and applications with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the California Department of Veterans Affairs.   LOCATION: 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Suite D, Camarillo, CA.  Walk in appointments are available on a first come first serve basis on Wednesdays.  

Veterans Claims EXPO.  DATE: Thursday, Feb 18.  TIME: Thursday, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  LOCATION: 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Camarillo, CA. Having difficulty with your VA Claim?  See a claims representative from the VA by appointments only.  To schedule an appointment contact Laura Sether,  Military and Veterans Affairs Caseworker at Congresswoman Brownley’s Office (805) 379-1779.

Watch our GCVF Flag Replacement Ceremony video  and read about the Veterans Day ceremony at the Ventura County Veterans Memorial by selecting the link.

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