Department of Health & Human Services

Posted on: November 6, 2015

Veterans Day brings improved service for local vets

New legislation taking effect Thursday will allow Humboldt County’s veterans to access all of their well-earned benefits simply by presenting a California driver’s license.

Assembly Bill 935, recently signed into law, will allow a vet to apply for a driver’s license or identification card with a designation that clearly identifies the individual as a veteran.

The improved identification process is timely as Veterans Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11 will honor the sacrifices of the country’s military service people. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, over 10,000 of them reside in Humboldt County.

There are a number of federal, state and local benefits and services available to Humboldt County veterans, including assistance with employment, housing, health and counseling, educational opportunities and more. Historically veterans have been required to bring lots of documentation and discharge papers to benefit appointments. The veteran IDs will remove that red tape.

“This is going to be an awesome opportunity for all veterans who served honorably to be able to show their veterans status with a photo ID,” says Veterans Service Officer Rená Maveety. “We are proud to be part of the steps for further recognition of our veterans service to our country.”

The designation received the support of medical and law enforcement organizations. Advocates have argued that the driver’s license designation will inform medical workers and police about an individual’s veteran status so that they can appropriately treat a veteran who may be suffering from medical trauma, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as a result of their service.

Local veterans will have to collect their original or certified military discharges commonly known as a (DD214) one final time, however, and bring it in to the Humboldt County Veterans Service Office (VSO). The county VSO, located in the Humboldt County Courthouse, will sign off on a Veteran Status Verification form. “With a quick verification and small chat about other possible benefits that may be available to them, our office will strive to make our portion of the process smooth,” says Maveety. Next, the status verification can be brought into a California Department of Motor Vehicles office.

The Humboldt County VSO also helps guide vets through local resources and remains in close communication with Humboldt State University’s Veteran Enrollment & Transition Services, College of the Redwoods’ Veterans Resource Center, the Employment Development Department, the Eureka VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic and the Eureka Vets Center. Veterans may not be aware that they qualify for CAL-VET home loans and college tuition waivers. Their dependents may be eligible for tuition waivers, as well.

For more information, contact the Humboldt County VSO at 825 Fifth St., Room 310, Eureka, or call 707-445-7611. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are available.

-###-

Follow us on Twitter: @HumCoDHHS.

PDF Release
Facebook Twitter Google Plus Email

Other News in Department of Health & Human Services

Make holiday food safety a priority

Posted on: November 21, 2017

Final LAMP available for review

Posted on: October 31, 2017
10-2017_Square-NewsFlash

DHHS Connect Fall 2017

Posted on: October 4, 2017

Dry weather test period extended

Posted on: October 3, 2017

Cyanobacteria confirmed in Big Lagoon

Posted on: September 1, 2017
DHHSConnect0717

DHHS Connect Summer 2017

Posted on: July 11, 2017

Low-cost rabies vaccines available

Posted on: May 10, 2017

New Public Health Director Named

Posted on: May 3, 2017

Redwood Coast Career Fair Tuesday

Posted on: April 26, 2017

Wet weather test period extended

Posted on: April 17, 2017

Career Fair scheduled for May 2

Posted on: April 14, 2017

DHHS Connect Spring 2017

Posted on: April 10, 2017

Cal-Learn helps young parents thrive

Posted on: March 17, 2017

Make preteen vaccines a priority

Posted on: February 14, 2017

Dog tests positive for rabies

Posted on: February 7, 2017

Cervical health promoted

Posted on: January 27, 2017

Kick smoking for good in 2017

Posted on: January 11, 2017

DHHS Connect Winter 2016-2017

Posted on: December 28, 2016

Keep the holidays happy with food safety

Posted on: December 21, 2016

Volunteers needed for Point-in-Time count

Posted on: December 15, 2016

Wet weather test period opens

Posted on: December 12, 2016

World AIDS Day recognized Dec. 1

Posted on: November 29, 2016

Veterans' service recognized year-round

Posted on: November 8, 2016

Housing campaign exceeds goal

Posted on: November 2, 2016

DHHS Connect Oct. 2016

Posted on: October 6, 2016

Housing campaign hits goal early

Posted on: September 15, 2016

Orleans cat tests positive for rabies

Posted on: September 2, 2016

Blue-green algae warning issued

Posted on: July 15, 2016

Redwood Coast Career Fair Friday

Posted on: May 16, 2016

Be a hero to a foster child

Posted on: April 15, 2016

Don’t forget preteen vaccines

Posted on: February 8, 2016

Wet weather test period opens

Posted on: December 21, 2015

FluMist Available Now

Posted on: December 3, 2015

Serve up food safety this holiday season

Posted on: November 23, 2015

Schedule back-to-school vaccines now

Posted on: August 17, 2015

World Breastfeeding Week Fair at WIC

Posted on: August 3, 2015

Blue-green algae warning issued

Posted on: June 17, 2015

Keep water recreation fun and safe

Posted on: June 11, 2015

Low-cost rabies vaccines available

Posted on: May 12, 2015

May is Mental Health Month

Posted on: April 30, 2015

Career Fair May 15

Posted on: April 29, 2015

Gonorrhea rates up in Humboldt County

Posted on: April 17, 2015

West Nile testing starts April 15

Posted on: April 14, 2015

Vaccines for Preteens

Posted on: February 10, 2015

Foster families urgently needed

Posted on: January 30, 2015

Cervical health promoted

Posted on: January 9, 2015

Folic acid needed for pregnancy success

Posted on: January 6, 2015

Wet weather test period opens

Posted on: January 5, 2015

Flu season likely to be severe.

Posted on: December 18, 2014

DHHS offers flu vaccines

Posted on: October 8, 2014

Take precautions against swimmer’s itch

Posted on: September 4, 2014

Blue-green algae warning issued

Posted on: July 18, 2014

Take precautions against ticks

Posted on: June 27, 2014