The benefit programs referenced below are very complex and the applications can be overwhelming. You are welcome to utilize the technical expertise and skills of our Veterans Service Office Staff to complete the forms, provide technical advice, package and submit your claims and be your advocate on your claims.
Veterans disability claims. There are two categories:
Compensation is a claim for official recognition of a medical condition that was treated while on active duty or within a presumptive period after leaving active duty. Compensation provides monetary monthly disability payments and free medical treatment for service connection conditions. (Ref: VA Form 21-526EZ)
Pension is a program for war time veterans only, who are totally disabled, not related to military service, or are age 65 or older and have a below the poverty level annual family income. The Pension Program provides a monetary benefit that is the difference between the federally defined poverty limit and the eligible veterans annual family income. The application for either pension program is a 21-527EZ.
Spouses and Dependents This benefit provides compensation for service connected conditions including Diabetes II, any one of several cancers from Vietnam service or radiation exposure, Hepatitis C from Vietnam service, or any medically diagnosed condition that was diagnosed during the period of active duty. Certain medical or psychiatric conditions that were diagnosed years after leaving active duty may also lead to viable claims. Totally disabled veterans with low income and wartime period of service may be eligible for veterans pension compensation under this claim. benefits in certain cases.
Burial/Death Benefits (21P-530) All veterans with an honorable discharge are entitled to receive no cost internment in a National Veterans Cemetery. Mortuary charges will be paid by the veterans family or friends.
Dependency & Indemnity Compensation * Death Pension * Accrued Benefits by a Surviving Spouse or Child (21-534EZ) Surviving spouse or children of a deceased veteran may be entitled to receive benefits if the veteran’s death occurred in service, when a veteran dies of a service-connected disability, or in certain circumstances if a veteran rated totally disabled from service-connected disability dies from non-service-connected conditions.
Character of discharge or service is an important part of determining basic eligibility to access benefits administered by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In general, to receive benefits and services under the Veterans Administration, anyone who served in the United States Armed Services must have a character of discharge or service that is determined to be under other than dishonorable conditions. If you have questions about basic eligibility, please visit the Orange County Veterans Service Office.
Military Records (SF –180) To request military medical records, medals, or discharge documents complete Form SF-180. Requested documents will be mailed via hard copy files and / or microfiche records. For more information regarding military discharge documents, medical records and medals, visit the National Personnel Records Center
College Tuition/Fees Waiver (DVS-40) The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veterans' Dependents waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, Campus of the University of California, or Campus of the California State University system. This program does not cover expenses like books, housing and parking. The student must meet the in-state residency requirements as determined by the school.
Academic Year varies for each school and it is the responsibility of the student to verify the Academic Year for the college they are applying to.
New student's must complete and submit the following required documents:
If you are re-applying, complete and submit the documents listed in the check-list above.
Should you have any questions regarding any of the required documents listed in the links, please contact the Veterans Service Office at (714) 480-6555.
Verification of Income: A copy of the Student's Income Tax Return filed with IRS (1040, 1040EZ, or TeleFile) or FTB must be submitted with the application and must include the signature of the student. If a copy is not available, a statement from the IRS or FTB must be provided verifying the Student's Annual Gross Income (AGI) or that no record of a return was filed.
In addition, the student must provide confirmation that the taxes filed were accepted by the IRS.
Note: Student's Annual Gross Income (AGI) for 2020 - 2021 Academic Year is: $13,300.
Note: Student's Annual Gross Income (AGI) for 2019 - 2020 Academic Year is: $13,064.
ATTENTION: Effective July 1, 2018 the updated College Tuition/Fee Waiver form (DVS-40) dated 7/18 is the only form the OCVSO will accept. Please ensure you submit the correct DVS-40 form along with the required documentation listed above in the updated “Requirements Check-List”. Please ensure you submit government issued documentation (i.e., birth certificate, marriage certificate, ID, etc.) which contains signatures, dates, seals and embossments (if applicable), as wallet editions, or confidential versions will not be accepted. If we are unable to verify the authenticity of the vital records you submit with your application (i.e., birth certificate, marriage certificate etc.), you may be required to present original or certified copies.
Applications MUST be complete with all the required supporting documents. Incomplete applications will be returned to the student.
The processing time is 14 business days. We will mail an eligibility letter to the student at the address listed on the application and the school.
All College Fee Waiver applications must be submitted in person. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., except on Tuesday’s when we open at 9:30 a.m. We are located at the County Operations Center, 1300 S. Grand Ave., Bldg. B, Room 247, Santa Ana, CA 92705 (Mc Fadden/ Grand).
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