Who We Are
Founded in 1995, the California Association of Veteran Service Agencies (CAVSA) is a consortium of six nonprofit veteran service providers working in partnership to address the needs of California’s veterans. CAVSA’s geographic diversity facilitates the delivery of direct services in both urban and rural regions throughout the state, stretching from Eureka to San Diego.
What We Do
CAVSA is dedicated to ensuring that veterans of all eras have the understanding, tools, and support from their communities to provide for a successful transition back home. We advocate for reform at the state, local and national level to increase access to care, and improve services for all veterans and their families.
Why It Matters
- California is home to the largest veteran population with 1.85 million veterans and thousands more returning from military service each year to our communities.
- Veterans are disproportionately represented among California’s homeless population, and experience employment challenges far greater than their peers.
- California is 1 of 5 states where the majority (63%) of homeless veterans live in unsheltered locations.
- Veterans face unique employment challenges, including: translating their military skills into the civilian workplace, overcoming stigma and stereotypes, and employers’ hesitation to hire veterans.
- California has a backlog of nearly 50,000 VA disability claims, and nearly 45,000 veterans have waited more than a year for a resolution.