Veterans Services @ USC: DVA Benefits

This guide provides contact information for available services at USC for Veterans.

Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits


This page is for anyone searching for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefit, disability and contact information. The user will also find information on the California Department of Veterans Affairs, a state agency, which provides additional benefits to California Veterans.  In addition, there is a link to the Greater Los Angeles Health Care System and a list of phone numbers and locations of ambulatory clinics.


VA - Disability Compensation Process

VA Disability Compensation 

What Is VA Disability Compensation?

Disability compensation is a benefit paid to a veteran because of injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or were made worse by active military service. It is also paid to certain veterans disabled from VA health care. The benefits are tax-free.

Who Is Eligible?

You may be eligible for disability compensation if you have a service-related disability and you were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.

How Much Does VA Pay?

The amount of basic benefit paid ranges, depending on how disabled you are.

Note: You may be paid additional amounts, in certain instances, if:

  • you have very severe disabilities or loss of limb(s)
  • you have a spouse, child(ren), or dependent parent(s)
  • you have a seriously disabled spouse

How Can You Apply?

You can apply by filling out VA Form 21-526, Veterans Application for Compensation and/or Pension. If you have any of the following material, please attach it to your application:

  • Discharge or separation papers (DD214 or equivalent)
  • Dependency records (marriage & children's birth certificates)
  • Medical evidence (doctor & hospital reports)

You can also apply online through our web site at

Veterans Benefits from the California Department of Veterans Affairs

California Department of Veterans Affairs

The CDVA site has information on the following benefits for Veterans:

  • Home Loans
  • VetsHomes
  • VetServices
  • CalVet Board
  • News
  • Jobs
  • Education

Veterans Benefits from the US Department of Veterans Affairs

United States Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Mission Statement

 To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” –         by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.

Veterans Benefits Administration

  • Education
  • Compensation and Pension
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Home Loans
  • Survivor's Benefits
  • Life Insurance



Contact the VA 

Benefits:               1-800-827-1000

Education & Training:   1-888-442-4551

Life Insurance:         1-800-669-8477

Special Issues:         1-800-749-8387

Health Care:            1-877-222-VETS (8387)

Headstones/Markers:     1-800-697-6947

VA Insp. General:       1-800-488-8244

TDD:                    1-800-829-4833


VA Greater LA Healthcare System

VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Welcome to the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System GLA Website. Our staff is dedicated to working toward one purpose, making your healthcare at this VA the best possible. We welcome the opportunity to serve you.

When you use our Healthcare Centers, staff is available to assist you with any concerns. Please do not hesitate to ask a member of your health care team or any other Healthcare Center employee about any concerns that you may have.

The GLA Website will answer many questions you may have. We encourage comments or suggestions. Your input will help us continue to meet our goal of providing quality health care to veterans.

Telephone Care:

For 24 hour, Toll-Free Medical
Advice for Enrolled Veterans
Eligibility or Enrollment Questions
Appointment Information

Directions to Facilities in the Los Angeles Area

Local facilities are located in:

West Los Angeles Healthcare Center

Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center

Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center

Bakersfield Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Santa Barbara Ambulatory Care Center

Lancaster Community Based Outpatient Clinic (Antelope Valley)

East Los Angeles Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Gardena Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Lynwood Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Oxnard Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Pasadena Community Based Outpatient Clinic (San Gabriel)

San Luis Obispo Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Santa Maria Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Santa Paula Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Latest Press Release from the VA

VA Launches New No-Cost Training Programs

August 5, 2015, 03:24:00 PM

WASHINGTON –  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today launched two new no-cost training programs, Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) and VA Learning Hubs, to help transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans from all eras learn skills, earn credentials, and advance in civilian careers following separation from service.

 ALPs and Learning Hubs are part of VA’s Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI), promoting education and employment opportunities for Veterans through integrated networks of support in 50 cities. VA launched the VECI program in response to President Obama’s August 2014 challenge to help Veterans and families integrate with their communities and find meaningful jobs that can lead to economic success. Under VA Secretary Robert McDonald’s MyVA transformation, VECI is now in place in cities across the United States.

“My message to transitioning Servicemembers is simple: Plan early and stay engaged, because transition is the mission,” said McDonald. “These two new resources provide no-cost opportunities for our transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans to learn new skills and earn credentials, which can increase their competitiveness during their transition.”

ALPs offer transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans the opportunity to build on their world-class training and technical skills gained through their military service, and earn certifications in high-demand fields.

VA is piloting ALPs this summer with seven courses focusing on building skills and certifications needed to advance in high-demand careers in information technology (IT), as part of the President’s TechHire initiative. Each ALP course is offered at no cost and includes free referral and support services..

 The first ALP cohort includes seven courses covering a range of IT-related topics, including:

  • Coding/Programming Boot Camps;
  • 80+ IT Certifications in Hardware, Software, Networking, Web Services, and more;
  • Network Support Engineer Job Training and Certification;
  • Cybersecurity Training and Certification;
  • IT Help Desk Job Training; and
  • IT Boot Camps for Desktop Support and Windows Expertise.

Transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans from any era are invited to apply to their choice of courses. Applications will be accepted starting August 17, 2015 – seats in the pilot cohort are limited; applicants are encouraged to apply early. ALPs do not involve use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill..  Students are able to participate in these programs while also pursuing other programs of study using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Visit the ALP website to learn more about each program and apply.

VA is also launching Learning Hubs in 27 cities across the country this year in partnership with the American Red Cross, The Mission Continues and Coursera, an online education platform.

Transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans can take advantage of both online and in-person study. Each week, online course modules will be completed outside the classroom while class sessions, led by Learning Hub facilitators, provide opportunities to discuss course materials with peers, hear from subject matter experts, and network. Upon completion of the program, Servicemembers and Veterans may elect to receive one free verified certificate issued by Coursera.

For more information about the VECI or to learn more about VA ALPs and Learning Hubs, contact