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For More Information Contact:
Santa Cruz Veterans Services Office

Address:
842 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA

Open:
Monday-Thursday 8AM-12PM & 1PM-5PM
831-454-7276

Providing comprehensive resources for Veterans and their families.

Local Provider - CA EDD

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Looking for work?
Contact the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program specialist at
(831) 464-6279

Looking for employees?
Contact the Local Veteran Employment Representative
CA EDD - Workforce Services
2045 40th Avenue, Suite B
Capitola, CA 95010

Local Provider @ VSO

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For More Information Contact:
Santa Cruz Veterans Services Office

Address:
842 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA

Open:
Monday-Thursday 8AM-12PM & 1PM-5PM
831-454-7276

VRSI Meeting:
At the Vets Hall during Veteran Services Day,
Every Wednesday 9AM - NOON

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Available in Monterey, and Santa Cruz Counties
(View website for details and locations)

Store Hours:Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 8 pm
Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm

Employment

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EDD (Employment Development Department)

Capitola Career Center (EDD) Address:
2045 40th Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010
Phone: (831) 464-6286
Open M-F: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Employment Development Department (EDD), located at the Capitola Career Center, provides job seekers with information, workshops, job fairs, access to technology, and other resources at no cost.

Employment Links and Information

VRSI (Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists Inc.)

Goodwill Employment Services

Goodwill Central Coast builds lives, families and communities by helping people with employment needs become successful, supported by innovative enterprises that preserve earth’s resources.

VA Work Study

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The VA work-study allowance is available to any person training at ¾ time (9 units) or higher and using any form of the GI Bill including:

  • Ch. 33 Post 9/11
  • Ch. 30 MGIB
  • Ch. 31 Voc-Rehab
  • Ch.35 DEA

There are multiple work site locations throughout Santa Cruz County including the VSO Office, Vet Center, VIC at Cabrillo, UCSC, and others. Check with the VSO for more info.

Veteran Owned Small Business

Vet Business Enterprise Program

Annually, the State of California contracts billions of dollars for goods and services to ensure California's economy stays healthy, strong, and prosperous and promotes business opportunities and participation for all of its citizenry.

Small businesses, including veterans, disabled veterans, and disabled veteran business enterprises are instrumental to the good health of the State's economy and a principal source of new jobs in California.

Federal and State Employment Preference

Veterans who are disabled, who served active duty during a wartime period, or in a military campaign are entitled to preference in nearly all federal jobs.

Troops to Teachers

**Due to the uncertain FY21 budget, Troops to Teachers program registrations or bonus applications are not being accepted at this time**

Troops to Teachers is a U.S. Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed.

Get Hired in Healthcare

Making the transition from military to civilian life can be difficult, and finding the next career move even more so. Fortunately, a veteran's skills, experience and disposition, are a natural fit many careers including healthcare. This resource helps veterans match their experience to a healthcare career where they can continue to serve others.

The below guide contains helpful information such as:
- How to identify healthcare careers that fit your skills, experience and titles 
- Advice for choosing military-friendly schools
- How to take advantage of transition assistance programs (TAPs)   
- Tips on marketing yourself and highlighting your strengths as a veteran

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