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CALTAP Webinar Series

California Transition Assistance Program May Webinar Series

Dear Veterans, Service Members, and Community Members,

 

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month this May, we’re excited to extend a heartfelt invitation to you for our upcoming webinar series hosted by the California Transition Assistance Program (CalTAP). At the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), we are deeply committed to supporting the mental health and well-being of our veteran community, and this initiative is a testament to that commitment.

 

As we navigate life’s challenges, particularly during these unprecedented times, prioritizing mental health is more important than ever. That’s why throughout May, we’re focusing on raising awareness about mental health and providing essential resources to empower individuals in our community.

 

Here’s a glimpse of what we’ll be covering:

 

  • Navigating and Coping with Life’s Stressors
  • Suicide Prevention Through Early Intervention
  • Improving Overall Mental Health and Well-being

 

By participating in our webinar series, you’ll gain valuable insights, tools, and resources to prioritize your mental health journey. Together, we can foster a community where everyone feels supported, understood, and empowered to thrive.

 

To participate in CalTAP’s virtual workshops, please register below. Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up early and secure your spot.

 

In addition to our virtual workshops, CalTAP also offers in-person workshops throughout California to inform and connect veterans of all eras to their earned federal and state benefits. These workshops are absolutely free for you to join and enjoy!

 

Please visit the CalTAP webpage for upcoming workshops and archives, and the CalVet YouTube channel for more information.

Upcoming Virtual Workshops

May 15

Mastering Resilience: Navigating and Coping with Life’s Stressors

Please join CalTAP, in partnership with U.S. Vets, and Cuyamaca College, for this interactive session as we explore strategies for navigating life’s stressors and building resilience in the face of challenges. Whether you’re actively serving, a veteran, or a family member, this workshop is designed to provide valuable insights and resources to support your mental well-being.

Register today to receive login information for Zoom webinar!

Register
Free
May 15

Discharge Upgrades

Please join the California Transition Assistance Program (CalTAP), in partnership with Citrus College’s Veterans Success Center, in a virtual event that will focus on discharge upgrades and the process of getting started. A representative will discuss eligibility and the process of upgrading a discharge or changing the character of service.
Register
Free
May 16

California Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Resources and Support

The State of California is at risk to many disasters such as fires, flooding, and earthquakes. The California Transition Assistance Program (CalTAP) has partnered with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES). This workshop will provide information regarding preparation tips for disaster and emergency preparedness to California service members, veterans, and families.

Virtual workshop topics will include alerts and warnings, personal preparedness, records recovery, Local Interagency Network Coordinator assistance, and information Assistance Centers.

Register
Free
May 23

Suicide Prevention Through Early Intervention

Join the California Transition Assistance Program (CalTAP) in a discussion regarding suicide prevention through early interventions. A special guest from U.S.VETS – Outside The Wire will be present to offer information regarding resources that can help veterans cope with daily stressors and assess everyday risk.
Register
Free
May 28

Navigating the VA Healthcare System

Join us for a special virtual workshop providing an in-depth overview of the VA Healthcare System, presented in partnership with CalTAP, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Samuel Merritt University. Participants will gain valuable insights into the VA Healthcare System, including its various services, eligibility criteria, and how veterans can access and navigate these resources effectively. This event is designed to empower individuals with the knowledge and tools necessary to support veterans in accessing the care they deserve.

Register to receive information for Zoom webinar!

Register
Free
May 30

Improving Mental Health

Join the California Transition Assistance Program (CalTAP) as we explore emotional health and well-being. Topics to be covered include a summary of resources, information, and services available to at-risk service members, veterans, and their families.
Register

More Vietnam Veterans eligible for benefits!

We’re making millions of Veterans eligible for VA health care under the PACT Act. Here’s what YOU need to know.

  • If you served in Vietnam you can enroll.
  • If you never deployed but were exposed to toxins or hazards while training or serving on active duty here at home or anywhere else – by working with chemicals, pesticides, lead, asbestos, certain paints, nuclear weapons, x-rays, and more – you can enroll, too.

Bottom line: all Veterans who meet the minimum service requirements and were exposed to toxins and other hazards – at home or abroad – are eligible to enroll in VA care.

Apply now

VA provides the best and most affordable health care for Veterans in America – and this is your chance to apply. Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care are proven to have better health outcomes than those who get their care elsewhere. And copays can be as low as $0 for prescriptions, urgent care, outpatient care, and more

Even if you don’t think you need this care today, you might need it tomorrow, or the next day, or 30 years from now. All you have to do is enroll, then you have access for life.

So don’t miss this opportunity: better, more affordable health care is waiting for you. Go to VA.gov/PACT and get it. You can also call 1-800-MyVA411 (Option 2) to learn more about these benefits and services, or you can visit your nearest VA Medical Center (https://www.va.gov/find-locations).

What do I get when I enroll?

VA offers world-class, comprehensive health care – including yearly physicals, health assessments, free screenings (including a toxic exposure screening), specialized care for issues related to military service, and more. This is true regardless of whether or not you have a service-connected condition. Our clinicians know Veterans – they often are Veterans themselves – and they are ready to help.

What are the minimum service requirements?

In general, Veterans must have served 24 months of continuous active duty or the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty. Reserves and National Guard are eligible under this expansion of VA health care if they completed their tour of duty for which they were called or ordered.

Are there exceptions to the minimum active-duty service requirements?

Of course, there are. The minimum active-duty service requirement for VA health care may not apply if any of these are true: The Veteran was discharged or released for a qualifying reason (e.g., early discharge, hardship, medical discharge); The Veteran was discharged for a disability that was caused—or made worse—by active-duty service; The Veteran served prior to the early 1980s.

Please visit www.va.gov/health-care/eligibility for more information.

Cal Taps Webinars

California Transition Assistance Program May Webinar Series

Dear Veterans, Service Members, and Community Members,

 

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month this May, we’re excited to extend a heartfelt invitation to you for our upcoming webinar series hosted by the California Transition Assistance Program (CalTAP). At the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), we are deeply committed to supporting the mental health and well-being of our veteran community, and this initiative is a testament to that commitment.

 

As we navigate life’s challenges, particularly during these unprecedented times, prioritizing mental health is more important than ever. That’s why throughout May, we’re focusing on raising awareness about mental health and providing essential resources to empower individuals in our community.

 

Here’s a glimpse of what we’ll be covering:

 

  • Navigating and Coping with Life’s Stressors
  • Suicide Prevention Through Early Intervention
  • Improving Overall Mental Health and Well-being

 

By participating in our webinar series, you’ll gain valuable insights, tools, and resources to prioritize your mental health journey. Together, we can foster a community where everyone feels supported, understood, and empowered to thrive.

 

To participate in CalTAP’s virtual workshops, please register below. Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up early and secure your spot.

 

In addition to our virtual workshops, CalTAP also offers in-person workshops throughout California to inform and connect veterans of all eras to their earned federal and state benefits. These workshops are absolutely free for you to join and enjoy!

 

Please visit the CalTAP webpage for upcoming workshops and archives, and the CalVet YouTube channel for more information.

Upcoming Virtual Workshops

May 08

PACT Act and Your VA Benefits

Please join the California Transition Assistance Program (CalTAP), in partnership with Citrus College’s Veterans Success Center, in a hybrid event that will focus on the new PACT Act and how it could affect your benefits.
Register
Free
May 08

Exploring Veterans Benefits

The California Transition Assistance Program (CalTAP), in partnership with Skyline College, City College of San Francisco, and San Francisco VA’s Student Veteran Health Program, invites veterans and their families to an on-line workshop that that will focus on veteran-specific benefits and services available across the state and country.
Register
Free
May 09

Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) (Hybrid) In-Person & Online

Join the California Transition Assistance Program (CalTAP), in partnership with Norco College, and the Department of Veteran Affairs, Veteran Benefits Administration for an in-depth exploration of VR&E Chapter 31 benefits.

This event aims to provide invaluable resources, services, and information to service members, veterans, and their families. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain insight and support regarding VA Chapter 31 VR&E.

Register today to receive login information for Zoom webinar!

Register
Free
May 15

Mastering Resilience: Navigating and Coping with Life’s Stressors

Please join CalTAP, in partnership with U.S. Vets, and Cuyamaca College, for this interactive session as we explore strategies for navigating life’s stressors and building resilience in the face of challenges. Whether you’re actively serving, a veteran, or a family member, this workshop is designed to provide valuable insights and resources to support your mental well-being.

Register today to receive login information for Zoom webinar!

Register
Free
May 15

Discharge Upgrades

Please join the California Transition Assistance Program (CalTAP), in partnership with Citrus College’s Veterans Success Center, in a virtual event that will focus on discharge upgrades and the process of getting started. A representative will discuss eligibility and the process of upgrading a discharge or changing the character of service.
Register
Free
May 16

California Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Resources and Support

The State of California is at risk to many disasters such as fires, flooding, and earthquakes. The California Transition Assistance Program (CalTAP) has partnered with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES). This workshop will provide information regarding preparation tips for disaster and emergency preparedness to California service members, veterans, and families.

Virtual workshop topics will include alerts and warnings, personal preparedness, records recovery, Local Interagency Network Coordinator assistance, and information Assistance Centers.

Register
Free
May 23

Suicide Prevention Through Early Intervention

Join the California Transition Assistance Program (CalTAP) in a discussion regarding suicide prevention through early interventions. A special guest from U.S.VETS – Outside The Wire will be present to offer information regarding resources that can help veterans cope with daily stressors and assess everyday risk.
Register
Free
May 28

Navigating the VA Healthcare System

Join us for a special virtual workshop providing an in-depth overview of the VA Healthcare System, presented in partnership with CalTAP, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Samuel Merritt University. Participants will gain valuable insights into the VA Healthcare System, including its various services, eligibility criteria, and how veterans can access and navigate these resources effectively. This event is designed to empower individuals with the knowledge and tools necessary to support veterans in accessing the care they deserve.

Register to receive information for Zoom webinar!

Register
Free
May 30

Improving Mental Health

Join the California Transition Assistance Program (CalTAP) as we explore emotional health and well-being. Topics to be covered include a summary of resources, information, and services available to at-risk service members, veterans, and their families.
Register
Free

May Veterans Affairs

US Department of Veterans Affairs

#VetResources is a weekly newsletter for Veterans, their Families, Caregivers, and Survivors.
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Get Matched with a Mentor from America’s Top Companies

American Corporate Partners (ACP) connects post-9/11 Veterans with corporate professionals for customized career guidance. ACP can help you find a new position, get promoted and grow your network. The average starting salary for Veterans who use ACP is $93,000!

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Medal of Honor Recipient Ryan Pitts in uniform at the White House.

Discord Event – Q&A with Medal of Honor Recipient Ryan Pitts Hosted by Regiment Gaming

Thursday, May 9, 2024, 6 – 7 p.m. ET

JOIN

VA Secretary Denis McDonough townhall with Veterans on May 15

Stream the VA Secretary’s Live Townhall on May 15

VA Secretary Denis McDonough will host a live and in-person townhall from the Cleveland VA to discuss VA updates and answer questions from Veterans. Watch the livestream on May 15 at 3 pm ET.

LIVESTREAM

Upcoming Events

We have so many events for Veterans and their families, caregivers and survivors, we are now posting a weekly list. Check out VA News for all 45 upcoming events listed by state, including:

Preparing for Veteran Small Business Certification (VetCert) – Online

Thursday, May 9, 2024, 2 – 3 p.m. ET

EVENTS OF THE WEEK

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Free Call of Duty Endowment Knight Recon: Tracer Pack

Military service members and Veterans get your free Call of Duty Endowment (C.O.D.E.) Knight Recon: Tracer Pack for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III and Call of Duty: Warzone.. The freebie is provided by Call of Duty Endowment and USAA. While supplies last. Quantities limited. ID.me account required. See official rules here.

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$10 Credit in Every Account from Shop VCS.com

To honor the work of our brave men and women wo have served our country so valiantly, we have put $10 in every member’s account. From now through May 21, 2024, honor America’s military heroes and save on the best that ShopVCS has to offer.

USE YOUR CREDIT

Do you know how to identify a claims predator?

Claim Predators are Targeting Veterans. How to Protect Yourself and Your Benefits

Claim predators target Veterans’ benefits via mail, telephone or online. Check out this list of red flags to look out for to protect yourself and your VA benefits.

LEARN MORE

This Mental Health Month, Veterans Ryan, Greg, and Bridget share how they improved their lives by reaching out for mental health support. Learn how individualized treatment helped make a difference.


Hiring Veterans: Jobs of the Week

Employers are looking to hire Veterans across the country. We’re now posting all jobs in  “Hiring Veterans” on VA News. Check out this week’s list of 29 jobs and six upcoming job fairs, including New Orleans, LA – Police Officer.

JOBS OF THE WEEK

It’s Public Service Recognition Week! Learn How You Can Recognize VA Employees


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10 Tips to Defend Your Online Data

Veterans are often targeted by criminals attempting to fraudulently deceive and receive benefits or access valuable data. Here are 10 tips to protect your online information and defend your VA benefits.

LEARN MORE

Veteran Buddy Check!

Be a Buddy – Use Vet Tix to re-connect with a Battle Buddy! Vet Tix provides tickets to a variety of events across the country, visit the Vet Tix today and enjoy a show with your Buddy!


Veteran and Military year round discounts

Urban Helmets 15% off for active duty and Veterans.

Champs Sports 10% discount for active duty, Veterans, National Guard, reservists and family members.

Sunglass Hut 15% off discount.

VIEW ALL DISCOUNTS

Women Veterans Survey

Elevate Your Voice in the 2024 CalVet Women Veterans Survey!

Click Here to Take the Survey Now
ROLL CALL: Calling on all California Women Veterans

 

Your voice is instrumental, and now is the time to make it heard loud and clear! We’re thrilled to invite you to participate in the 2024 CalVet Women Veterans Survey.

 

This survey is about amplifying your experiences and insights to shape a brighter future for all women veterans in California. Your stories, challenges, and triumphs matter deeply to us, and by sharing them, you empower us to enhance our support for you in meaningful ways.

 

Together, we can cultivate greater cultural competence, ensure you’re fully connected with your benefits, and gain a deeper understanding of the unique journey you’ve embarked upon as a woman who has served our nation.

 

Join us in making a tangible impact—your feedback is the catalyst for positive change! Take the survey today and let your voice resonate throughout California and beyond.

Click Here to Take the Survey Now