Veteran Resource Center Online

Veterans can connect to resources at the Main Library starting in mid-April when we open a Veteran Resource Center.

Did you know that Alameda County has the 5th highest veteran per capita population in the state? To help veterans connect with resources, the Main Library will open a Veteran Resource Center in partnership with the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) in May. Veterans can drop by during open hours to learn about state and federal education, employment, housing, health, disability and other benefits that may be available to veterans and their families. The Center will be open and staffed by trained volunteers. We'll also have a collection of books and other resources, and access to computer equipment for extended periods in order to complete online application and do research. If you have any questions or want a note when we schedule the opening, please email Mana Tominaga, Supervising Librarian for the Main Library, at mtominaga@oaklandlibrary.org

The Main Library has a number of resources available to help veterans connect with resources, including books and DVDs; please ask a reference librarian to help you find what you need. OPL librarians created reading lists created for the past California Reads 2014 grant which focused on the veterans' homecoming experience and you can get more titles from this NYT article

Also, Oakland is home to a number of organizations dedicated to helping veterans.

  • One is Swords to Plowshares, where you work one-on-one with job counselors to determine a long-term career plan. The East Bay office is located at 2719 Telegraph Avenue. and you can reach them at 510-891-8773. 
  • There's also a local chapter of Veterans for Peacea global organization of veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace. 
  • Operation Dignity assists homeless veterans and their families with emergency, transitional and permanent housing. They are located at 160 Franklin Street., #103 and you can reach them at (800) 686-9036. 

Here are some key resources you can find online: 

  1. California Veterans Resource Book https://www.calvet.ca.gov/VetServices/Documents/Veteran_%20Resource_%20Book_2014.pdf. This book is a comprehensive guide for any California veteran. 
  2. Here's the link to the online copy of Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors, 2013 http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp
  3. National Resource Directory: Search for resources by locaiton. This site also includes a list of Crisis Resources for veterans. 

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