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County Veterans Service Office (CVSO)

If you are a veteran or a dependent of a veteran, you may be entitled to benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. We're here to help you get those benefits by managing your entire claim process. We also serve as your advocate with government agencies and help obtain your military records if needed. 

We urge you to apply for the benefits listed below as soon as possible. If eligible, you'll receive benefits retroactively. 

Contact us:  While the CVSO office is temporarily closed during the pandemic, we continue to respond to your requests by:

  • Phone: (415) 934-4200, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed Fridays)
  • Email: SFCVSO@sfgov.org
  • Fax: (415) 934-4240
  • Mail: CVSO, 2 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Drop box: Outside our 2 Gough Street service center. 

Education benefits

Due to COVID-19 we are temporarily changing our process for College Fee Waivers. Please email the required documents to SFCVSO@sfgov.org or fax to (415) 355-2468. If you are a student that does not have a Statement of Non-Filing from the IRS or State Franchise Tax Board, please submit form VSD-022 with the fee waiver request. Applicants will be notified by mail if their fee waiver has been approved. 

Compensation and insurance benefits 

  • Burial benefits
  • Dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors
  • Disability Compensation fact sheet
  • Military Survivor Benefits Plan (SBP)
  • Re-open compensation claim for increase or re-evaluation
  • Service-disabled life Insurance and waiver of premiums
  • Service-related injuries or disabilities
  • Proceeds of government life insurance

Employment,  money management, and loans

  • Debt management
  • Employment and job search resources
  • Home Loans
  • Small Business Administration programs
  • Public Assistance

Pensions

  • Pension fact sheet
  • Pension for wartime veterans with non-service connected disabilities
  • Survivors’ pension (for war-time only)

Records

  • Discharge upgrade and correction of military records
  • DMV Veteran License Verification
  • Military records and decorations

Additional services 

Related government resources

Resources for California veterans