A Veterans Resource Center will open Tuesday for a one-year pilot program, the California Department of Veterans Affairs and the California State Library has announced.
The program will feature three such tests, one in San Diego, and one each in central and Northern California and may expand.
The local center, at the Point Loma Hervey branch library in San Diego, will be manned with trained volunteers to help connect veterans and their families with benefits and services they earned through military service, according to CalVet.
Volunteers will be able to answer basic benefits-related questions, offer benefits resources for veterans and their families and provide a checklist of information needed to apply for benefits through County Veterans Service Offices, CalVet officials said.
“We’re always looking for new ways to connect veterans and veteran families with their benefits,” CalVet Secretary Peter J. Gravett said.
“Opening veteran resource centers in local libraries is a great opportunity for us. We’re grateful to the State Library for helping us create this program and are confident the program will be effective. We look forward to taking it statewide,” he continued.
Another pilot resource center will open the same day at the Beale Memorial Library in Bakersfield; one at the Redding Library will open Nov. 28.
If the programs are deemed successful, they could be replicated in public libraries statewide, CalVet officials said.
“California public libraries are committed to helping veterans and their families find information on the resources they need and the benefits they have earned,” acting State Librarian Gerald Maginnity said. “We’re very pleased to partner with CalVet and community volunteers to open the resource centers for veterans.”
– City News Service contributed to this report.