More than a dozen fires have torn through communities throughout California recently, devastating homes and businesses. Assistance is available for these communities as they look to rebuild and recover. CalVet has gathered the following resources to help veterans and their families get back on their feet.
We encourage all veterans to visit their local County Veterans Service Offices (CVSOs) for assistance with filing claims, replacing service-related and benefits documents, and receiving job placement assistance. Find more information about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs operations and assistance, as well as the status of CVSO offices in areas impacted by wildfires below. A complete list of CVSOs with contact information is available here.
Beginning August 22, Individuals and Families impacted by the Wildfires in Shasta County may be eligible to receive one month of disaster CalFresh food assistance. Find out more about Disaster CalFresh by clicking here.
If you have a CalVet Home Loan with CalVet fire and hazard insurance and were evacuated or experienced property damage due to fire and/or smoke, please contact York Field Services 24-hour hotline at (800) 626-1613 to begin the claim process. For additional information, call 1-866-421-6978, or click here.
For assistance with billing, please call our customer/account services team at 1-866-653-2504.
According to Cal Fire, 95 percent of wildfires are caused by human activity. But there are ways you can help reduce those occurrences. Visit http://www.readyforwildfire.org/ for more information and get prepared now.
This week a disaster recovery center (DRC) opened in Upper Lake to help California wildfire survivors in Lake County. DRCs offer in-person support to individuals and business owners via recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration, or SBA, and the state of California. The DRC is located at the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Tribal Community Center, 9460 Main St. Upper Lake, and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents are encouraged to assess their needs, stay in touch with their insurance company and call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, (TTY) 800-462-7585. For more information, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4382 and www.WildfireRecovery.org.
A Local Assistance Center (LAC) opened in Lake County on August 10 to provide recovery resources and benefits information to those impacted by the Mendocino Complex Fire. The LAC is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day until it is no longer needed. The LAC is located at Lucerne Alpine Senior Center, 3985 Country Club Drive, Lucerne.
After serving over 3,000 people out of its location at Shasta High School, the Local Assistance Center in Shasta County has moved to the old K-Mart building in Redding and will transition to a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) but will remain open to people affected by the Carr Fire for the foreseeable future. The DRC is now located at 2685 Hilltop Drive in Redding and is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The same services will be offered from the DRC as were offered at the LAC. For more information, call 2-1-1 Shasta, or visit www.211norcal.org/shasta.
People impacted by the Carr Fire can also access recovery resources at an assistance center in Redding. Click here for more information.
It is recommended residents going to an LAC bring a photo ID, household income information and insurance documentation (note: the DMV can issue duplicates of photo IDs and driver licenses).
The federal VA Redding Outpatient Clinic and its clinical annex opened Monday, July 30, to assist veterans with primary and urgent care, pharmacy needs, mental health care, dental and social work. Veterans with scheduled appointments will be able to access cardiology, eye, physical therapy, chiropractic, urology, podiatry and dietary services. Veterans seeking to confirm appointments or inquire about services should contact the call center at 1-800-382-8387.
The Clearlake VA Clinic re-opened Aug. 6. with limited staffing. The clinic encourages veterans who have fire-related symptoms to contact its telephone-linked care line at 1-800-733-0502. For veterans needing prescription refills or medication replacement, please call the pharmacy at 1-800-847-3203 during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
To further serve displaced veterans, VA NorCal has mobilized two dual-use vehicles, equipped with high-efficiency air filters and wheelchair access, to transport veterans to and from evacuation shelters, and a multi-use vehicle, equipped with a generator to serve as a mobile clinic.
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) may be able to assist eligible veterans with accelerated claims processing, temporary housing and suspended debt payments. Veterans who are experiencing chronic homelessness or homelessness due to the fire can find information about housing assistance for veterans.
If you have a VA Home Loan, contact the VA Loan Servicing division at 877-827-3702. Learn more about special relief for VA Home Loan borrowers impacted by the California wildfires.
For more information about federal assistance for veterans, refer to:
VBA Benefits Call Center: 1-800-827-1000
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
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