A media and outreach effort to connect veterans and families across California to the benefits and services they’ve earned has been launched by the California Department of Veterans Affairs, in cooperation with the California Association of County Veterans Service Officers (CACVSO).

The effort is particularly important to the thousands of CDCR staff who have served and are serving their country.

The campaign, called “If You Served, You Earned,” includes a new toll-free number, TV and radio commercials, web advertising, and a variety of online and print-ready collateral materials available for use by CVSOs and others to both educate veterans, as well as connect them with their closest County Veterans Service Office. The toll-free number — 1-844-SERV-VET (737-8838) — allows callers to enter their ZIP code and be directly connected to the CVSO closest to them.

You can also find more information on the CalVet website.

“There are nearly 1.8 million veterans living in California — by far the largest veteran population of any state in the nation — yet far too few of these patriots are receiving the benefits and services to which they are entitled,” said Dana Cummings, Veterans Service Officer, County of San Luis Obispo, which is administrator for the “If You Served, You Earned” campaign. “Our goal is to reach veterans of every age, gender and branch to ensure they understand the benefits out there for them, and help them navigate the process.”

The link belows lists some of the benefits available to veterans.

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