Veterans Connection. The Veterans Connection is Gold Coast Veterans Foundation’s (GCVF) main project and what we call our facility. The purpose of the Veterans Connection is twofold:
– Connects veterans to service, programs and opportunities they need
– Connects the community to veterans in need
We accomplish this by operating the Veterans Connection a one-stop-shop for veteran services by bringing government and private service providers together. We are opened Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and located at 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Suite D, Camarillo, CA. You are invited to stop by and find out how our veterans and volunteers can help you and y0ur family navigate veteran services. Call JC Oberst at (805) 482-6550 or email email@example.com for more info or assistance.
Here is what you will find at the Veterans Connection.
VA Benefits and Claims Assistance
VSO Claims Representative walk in appointments. DATE: Every Wednesday. TIME: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Field Office LOCATION: 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Suite D, Camarillo, CA. Walk in appointments are available on a first come first served basis on Wednesdays. 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. Call the Ventura County VSO Office to confirm representatives hours at: (805) 477-5155.
Assistance Navigating VA Benefits. DATE: Every weekday. TIME: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. LOCATION: 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Suite D, Camarillo, CA. GCVF representatives can show you how to access your VA benefits info online using eBenefits and how to enroll in VA Healthcare. We can show you how to make changes to personal information on dependents, direct deposit, Post 9/11 educational benefit distributions, get copies of DD-214, print compensation pay history, print certificate of eligibility for VA home loans and more. We can even provide you assistance over the phone. Call GCVF (805) 482-6550) for assistance.
Career and Job Preparation
California Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist. DATE: First and Third Tuesday. TIME: 1 am to 4:30 pm. LOCATION: Gold Coast Veterans Foundation, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Suite D, Camarillo. Program Specialist provide services to disabled veteran job seekers. Call Sharon Espinosa at (805) 263-2680 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment or more information.
GCVF Job and Career Coaching. Veterans Connection provides a retired military personnel coach transitioning military and job seekers. You will learn how to translate you military job skills, educational benefits and your strengths into a meaningful future career. Call EDD at (818) 596-4418 for more information and to make a reservation. Admission is free to veterans.
Housing and Financial Assistance
Housing Assistance. Want to find out how to use your VA home loan to purchase a home? Call and schedule an appointment and we will work with you to find a housing solution that works for you. We can assist you with information on VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families and HUD-VASH applications too.
Financial Coaching. Do you need to repair your credit history or save for a large purchase or an investment? The Armed Forces Services Corporation provides financial coaching to veterans for free. Call Lucia Trujillo at (805) 335-0383 to make an appointment. Follow the link for the Duffle Bag May 2016 newsletter financial tips and advice.
Healthcare and Wellness Clinics
Meditation. Healing in America holds meditation sessions on the first Tuesday of the month at 10 am at our location. Their core belief is that everyone has an innate ability to heal themselves and others; and through training and mentoring, individuals can learn and develop their energy healing gift to bring balance to mind, body and spirit. Returning to wholeness comes from being our true selves – shining from the inside out and letting go of limiting beliefs that hold us back. Call Roger Ford for more information or to schedule an individual session at 805-640-0211.
Restorative Yoga, Mindfulness and Resilience Training. We are researching the demand for free mindfulness and restorative yoga classes. For more info or if you are interested in signing up, please give us a call at (805) 482-6550.
Veterans helping Veterans. Many of our staff and volunteers are veterans and understand the issues facing transitioning military and veterans. If you would like to connect with veterans, please give us a call at (805) 482-6550.
Community Services We Provide
Veterans Calendar. Check out our Ventura County veterans’ calendar via the calendar button on the header bar and follow us on Facebook to learn more about local veterans services, programs and opportunities.
Ventura County Veteran Memorials. A brief on the location of Veterans Memorials in Ventura County was created by volunteers at GCVF as a community service.
Military History and Veterans Library. We have a wonderful collection of books on military history. Many donated from a former war college graduate. We carry the latest editions of the Legion, MOAA, Veteran Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, VFW as well as local chapter newsletters. Please stop by and catch up on our military history and the latest news from the veterans community.
Recognizing Veterans Sacrifices. We conduct and support local events for veterans. We conduct a flag replacement ceremony every six months at the Ventura County Veterans Memorial and honor a veteran from each service in the process by presenting them a shadow box with their service flag in it that was flown at the memorial. We conduct a Veterans Day ceremony and partner in community award presentations for our veterans. We have supported many memorials and tributes to veterans at local sites over the last several years too.
Newsletter. Read the latest newsletter from the Veterans Connection.
Links to VA and Other Resources.
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.
Veterans Benefits. Ventura County Veterans Service Office (VSO) has VA certified claims representatives to assist you with your VA claim. Here is a link for their field office locations. For more information call their office in Ventura at (805) 477-5155. California Drivers License with a veteran’s designation is available through the VSO’s office. Follow the link for the DMV form and verification process 2016 version v01.12.16 (1) to learn how to purchase this license from DMV.
Veterans Job Bank. Search for jobs using the VA’s Job Search website.
Free Premium Job Seeker LinkedIn Subscription. The world’s largest professional network is stepping up for Veterans. Sign up now for a free one-year Job Seeker subscription. Signing up will provide you free access to Lynda.com training for one year. Make sure you add you military career to your LinkedIn profile.
Resume Template. Time.com provides a resume design and word template you can download to make your resume stand out.
Social media and your job search. Here is an informative article from the what hiring managers are looking for when they view your social profile. Social Screening_ What Hiring Managers Look for On Social Media
Free online training for veterans. Coursera provides all Veterans with one free certificate 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 Premium Job Seeker LinkedIn Subscription. The world’s largest professional network is stepping up for Veterans. Sign up now for a free at one-year Job Seeker subscription. Signing up will provide you free access to Lynda.com training for one year. Make sure you add you military career to your LinkedIn profile.
College Comparison Tool. The VA has a website tool that can assist veterans to determine their educational GI Bill benefits based upon a specific school. Enter the school name to find out tuition, housing and books dollar amount covered by the different GI Bill educational benefits.
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.
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.
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 the link to the Oxnard Community-Based Outpatient Clinic location and additional information.
Vet Center – Ventura. The VA Vet Center in Ventura provides support to combat veterans with counseling and support groups. To learn more or schedule an appointment call (805) 585-1860.
PTSD Resources. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a website for veterans to connect with others who 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.
Special Event Highlights
GCVF’s 11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. DATE: Monday, October 24th. LOCATION: Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo. You are invited to play in our 11th annual golf tournament in honor of our veterans in need. Proceeds go to the GCVF Veterans Connection. Call (805) 482-6550 for more info or to register visit http://gcvf.org/events/.
Knights’s of Columbus Council 9410 Annual Charity Golf Tournament Four Player Texas Scramble. DATE: Wednesday, Nov 2. LOCATION: Moorpark Country Club. You are invited to play in our annual golf tournament. The proceeds from this golf tournament will benefit various charities in Ventura County and “ Get on the Bus.” “Get On The Bus” brings children and their caregivers from throughout the state of California to visit their mothers & fathers in prison. For more info download the flyer or call Joe Gray at (818) 421-0170.
How you can get involved!
Volunteers. We are looking for passionate volunteers that like to assist others. Please call Noelle at (805) 482-6550.
Donations and Support. If you do not have time to volunteer and you would like to partner we us and join our wonderful group of supporters, call JC Oberst at (805) 482-6550 or email JC.Oberst@gcvf.org. If you would like to donate to our foundation and help us assist our local veterans in need, go to Donate now.
Supporters and Friends of Gold Coast
A special thanks to our “Friends of Gold Coast Veterans Foundation” supporters:
Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Foundation
Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation
Hulbert Johnson Charitable Trust
Knights of Columbus, Simi Valley – St. Peter’s Claver, Council 9410
Ernst & Young
Meadowlark Service League
Pershing Prime Services
Porsche Club of America, Santa Barbara Region
Southern California Edison
United Methodist Church of Westlake Village
Gene Haas Foundation
Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise
Rosewood Dental Group
101 Telco Solutions
Los Hermanos Service Group