Providing comprehensive resources for Veterans and their families.
For More Information Contact:
Santa Cruz Veterans Services Office
842 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Monday-Thursday 8AM-12PM & 1PM-5PM
Surviving Spouse or Dependant
The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) is a comprehensive health care program in which the VA shares the cost of covered health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries.
To be eligible the recipient must be one of the following: The spouse or child of a veteran who the VA has rated permanently and totally disabled for a service-connected disability. Contact the VSO Office for more information and assistance.
Tricare is the medical insurance provided to Active Duty service-members and their dependents. Tricare is also available for Retirees, National Guard and Reserve Members and their families, surviving dependents, and Medal Honor Recipients.
DIC (Dependency and Indemnity Compensation)
A tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.
Chapter 35 DEA
The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.
Cal VET Tuition Fee Waiver
The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Dependents of Service Connected Veterans waives mandatory systemwide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus.
This program does not cover the expense of books, parking or room and board. There are four plans under which dependents of veterans may be eligible. Veteran must be service connected (0-100%) for their dependents to be eligible.
Death Pension/Survivor Pension
The Survivors Pension benefit: which may also be referred to as Death Pension, is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to a low-income, un-remarried surviving spouse and/or unmarried children of a deceased Veteran with wartime service.
The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains 135 cemeteries in 40 states. In California there are 9 National Cemeteries.
Many states have established state veterans cemeteries. Eligibility is similar to VA national cemeteries, but may include residency requirements. State veterans cemeteries are run solely by the state.
For service-connected and non service-connected deaths, the VA pays toward burial expenses based on date of death and other factors, such as whether or not the death was service-connected.
Veterans who have a 30% or higher disability rating can add eligible dependents to their compensation benefits to get a higher payment, also known as a “benefit rate.”
Honor Guard/Color Guard
The list below is to request Honor Guard for funeral Honors. They are by military branch and location.
1-866-826-3628 or 1-703-432-9524
US Air Force
US Coast Guard
1-510-437-3712 (Northern California)
1-310-521-6087 (Southern California)
For a more local Army Reserve resource in San Jose contact:SSG Raul Rios
(Soto Team Leader Veteran Honors Program)Raul.firstname.lastname@example.org
(408) 728-3119 cell
(925) 337-5198 office
SPC Francisco, Jezreel
Cell: (510) 861-8579
CPL Mou, Chai Cheng
Cell: (415) 637-8192
SPC Frias, Salvador
SPC Navalon, Francel
Cell: (831) 392-7074
PFC Montano, David
Cell: (209) 535-6437
Federal Benefits Book
Follow the link below to the Federal Resource Book for Veterans, Dependents, and Survivors.