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NY Times: The Lasting Effects of “Bad Paper” Discharges on Military Veterans

The Lasting Effects of “Bad Paper” Discharges on Military Veterans   This is a letter to readers from Lauren Katzenberg, the editor of The New York Times’s At War channel. On Sept. 11, At War hosted an event in Los Angeles to discuss the lasting effects of bad-paper discharges, or forced separations for service members […]


CAVSA Names California State Assemblymember Irwin 2019 Legislator of the Year

August 14, 2019 SACRAMENTO, CA –The California Association of Veteran Service Agencies (CAVSA) announced California State Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin as the 2019 CAVSA Legislator of the Year in recognition of her invaluable contributions to the veteran community. At a reception honoring Assemblymember Irwin, CAVSA cited the Assemblywoman’s incredible leadership as the Chair of the Assembly […]


CAVSA Hosts Inaugural Veterans Mental Health Summit

On behalf of the California Association of Veterans Service Agencies (CAVSA), I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all those who attended and participated in the Inaugural Veterans Mental Health Summit in Sacramento on August 14th. We were thrilled to have nearly 100 attendees from across the State join us to hear updates on […]


College-aged Veterans Learn How to Lobby for Veteran Resources

    CAVSA member agency, U.S. VETS, shows veterans how to lobby for veteran resource at the California State Capitol. In the video, Dr. Miatta R. Snetter Psy.D., leads a team of 75 veterans from community colleges in Southern California throughout the California State Capitol as they advocate for veteran resources especially as it relates […]


CAVSA Member Hosts Annual 5K Run

CAVSA Member Hosts 9th Annual 5K Run   On May 18th, New Directions for Veterans hosted their 9th Annual NDVets 5K Run/Walk to honor the veterans in their lives and to raise funds to help serve local veterans. This year, they had more than 1,000 runners and walkers of all ages at the run which […]


Memorial Day 2019

Memorial Day 2019 is observed on May 27. Please join us in taking time this Memorial Day to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.  


CAVSA Weighs in on Important CA Legislation

“Department of Defense studies have found that veterans are four times as likely to be targeted by predatory lenders. CAVSA is in strong support of AB 539, which seeks to address these predatory practices and their disproportionate impact on California veterans,” said CAVSA Executive Director, Chuck Helget.


CAVSA Members Comment on the ‘State of the Veteran Community Report’

In 2018, CAVSA released the ‘State of the Veteran Community Report.’ In light of the recent federal government shutdown, CAVSA members comment on the alarming and growing mental health needs of California’s veterans.   “We understand the obstacles veterans face — including homelessness, poverty, unemployment and disability – are interrelated and require an integrated network of […]