Veterans' Services

Harry Hagen Portrait
  • Harry E. Hagen
  • Treasurer - Tax Collector - 
    Public Administrator

The Veterans' Services Program provides assistance to the community of Veterans in applying for, obtaining, and maintaining all available benefits and entitlements to which they may be eligible.

The Veterans' Services Program provides assistance to:

  • Veterans
  • Widows of Veterans
  • Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans
  • Parents who Have Lost a Son or Daughter in Military Services

Regarding the following benefits:

  • Compensation
  • Pension
  • School Benefits
  • Life Insurance
  • Medical Benefits
  • Home Loans
  • California Veterans State Benefits
  • Burial Benefits
  • Discharge Upgrade

The Veterans' Services Program offers information concerning and referral for:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment
  • Hospitalization
  • Outpatient Medical and Dental Treatment
  • Alcohol and Drug Dependency Treatment
  • Home Loans
  • Small Business Administration

A sample of the services performed by the Veterans' Services Program includes:

  • Claims Assistance
  • Client Advocacy
  • Case Maintenance
  • Information and Referral
  • Cal-Vet Home Loan Assistance
  • Outreach to the Elderly, Disabled, Vietnam-era Veterans, the Incarcerated, Minorities, and Women
  • Program Liaison with:
    • VA Health Services
    • VA Veterans Centers
    • VA Regional Offices
    • Veterans' Services Organizations

All services are provided free of charge. For complete information on veterans' programs, entitlements, and referral services, veterans residing in Santa Barbara County should contact their County Veterans' Services Office.

Veterans Vehicle License Plates

Image of Sample Veterans' License Plate

Display your pride in military, National Guard or reserve service and show your support for veterans in California by purchasing a veterans' license plate.

These special California license plates may be ordered with the armed force or veterans' service organization logo/emblem of your choice. Over 100 insignias are available and your logo will be prominently displayed to the left of a six number/letter combination. Sequential plates are only $30 per year. You may also "personalize" your veterans plates (your choice of up to 6 characters) for an additional one-time fee of $10.

All proceeds from the sale of veterans' license plates are used to expand veteran services statewide.

Information on how to obtain veterans’ license plates can be found at:

Information on how to obtain Veterans plates can be obtained from your local County Veterans' Service Office, DMV office or by calling the CDVA at (916) 503-8396. You may also download information and an application form.

A few of the available logos and emblems are displayed on the application form. If you would like to view the entire selection, it is available online at the web site of the California Association of Veterans' Service Officers, Inc.

Sample Logos:

Sample Veterans' License Plate Logos

The State of California also offers special license plates to honor the service of the following categories of veterans:

  • 100% Services-Connected Disabled Veterans
  • Medal of Honor Recipients
  • Recipients of Other High Decorations
  • Former American Prisoners of War
  • Pearl Harbor Survivors
  • Purple Heart Recipients

Additional information on these special license plates.

Helpful Veterans Links


Santa Maria VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic
Santa Maria VA Community Clinic
1550 East Main Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 354-6000

California Department of Veterans Affairs
To provide California veterans and their families with aid and assistance in presenting their claims for veterans' benefits under the laws of the United States. To provide them with beneficial opportunities through direct low-cost loans to acquire farms and homes; and to provide the state's aged or disabled veterans with rehabilitative, residential, and medical care and services in a home-like environment at the California Veterans Homes.

Department of Veterans Affairs
Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction. We have reformed our department internally and are striving for high quality, prompt and seamless service to veterans. Our department's employees continue to offer their dedication and commitment to help veterans get the services they have earned. Our nation's veterans deserve no less.
Department of Veterans Affairs: VA Online Application (VONAPP)
Apply online for VA compensation, pension, education, and vocational rehabilitation benefits.

Department of Veterans Affairs: Center for Women Veterans
The mission of the Center for Women Veterans is to ensure that women veterans have access to VA benefits and services on par with male veterans.

Department of Veterans Affairs: Homeless Veterans

Department of Veterans Affairs: VR&E
The purpose of this web site is to present information about the services that the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment(VR&E) program provides to veterans with service-connected disabilities.

Department of Veterans Affairs: Make the Connection. 
This resource connects Veterans, their families and friends, and other supporters with mental health information, a tool for finding local resources, and videos of Veterans sharing their inspiring stories of recovery. Visitors can learn about the signs of mental health conditions or substance use problems and locate sources of support. The site is free to use and accessible to everyone.

County Association of Veteran Service Officers
Locally-funded agencies established in 1946 to assist veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services accrued through military service.

National Association of County Veteran Service Officers
NACVSO's membership actively promotes the rights of veterans and dependents of the United States through a progressive legislative platform.

Troops To College: Veterans' Services
The veterans campuses points of contact have varying responsibilities which include the facilitating of GI Bill payments, assistance in registering for classes as a minimum.
Allan Hancock College
Address Veterans Resource Center
Lompoc Valley Center
1 Hancock Way
Lompoc, CA 93436
Phone: 805-922-6966 x5217 or x5219
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Address: Veterans Coordinator, Veterans Affairs Office
One Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA
CSU Channel Islands
Address: Veterans Resource Center
Bell Tower, Room 1518
Camarillo, CA
Phone: 805-437-3524
Santa Barbara City College
Address: Kyle Rasmussen
Veterans Support Department
ECOC Building 1 Room 7
721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Phone: 805-965-0581 ext. 2203
UC Santa Barbara
Address: UCSB Veterans and Military Services
University of California, Sant Barbara
Building 434, Room 123
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5010
Phone: (805) 893-8905

Veterans' Service Organizations
American Legion
Today there is no accurate record of the total number of veterans' organizations, but among them all, none has grown so large or has exercised such wide influence as The American Legion. None is so intimately identified with the word "veteran".

Military Order of the Purple Heart
The only congressionally chartered veterans organization exclusively for combat wounded veterans.

A leader since 1944 in preserving the freedoms secured by America's Armed Forces, AMVETS provides, not only support for veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements, but also community services that enhance the quality of life for this nation's citizens.

Veterans Foreign Wars
The Veterans of Foreign Wars has been a voice for our nation's veterans for more than a century and is the nation's oldest major veteran's organization. To America and the world, the letters "VFW" symbolize volunteerism and community service.