Veteran Services


Contact Veteran Services

Memorial Building
1205 Main Street
Susanville, CA 96130
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
Other times available
by appointment only.
(530) 251-8192
(530) 251-4901


Our Mission

The mission of Veteran Services is to pursue claims for disability, pension, compensation, education, and medical care for veterans and their eligible dependents; to assist widows and children of veterans in pursuing claims for burial allowances, death benefits, pensions, and insurance; and to assist with applications for VA funds in lieu of local welfare grants.


















    Military Service Related

    • Tax Exemptions: Assist Veterans entitled to various tax exemptions.
    • Awards: Assist Veterans in obtaining decorations, medals, and ribbons earned during military service.
    • Provide power of attorney for designated organizations
    • Referral service for needy veterans and their families


    • Compensation: payable to veterans who are disabled by injury or disease incurred or aggravated during active military service.
    • Pension: payable to veterans with low incomes who are permanently and totally disabled with 90 days active military service with one day during a period of war.

    Education and Training

    • 10 year time limit from date of discharge.
    • Montgomery GI Bill: active duty after 6-30-85.
    • Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP): active duty for first time after 12-31-76 and before 7-1-85 and contributed to a training fund.

    Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

    • Veterans must have a VA-established service-connected disability of at least 10% with a serious employment handicap or 20% with an employment handicap.








    • Services provided: Evaluation, assistance finding/maintaining employment, vocational counseling/planning, training, supportive rehabilitation services.

    Home Loans

    • Guaranteed Loans: VA can guarantee part of a loan from a private lender.
    • Refinancing Loans: refinance VA or non-VA loan at a lower interest rate.
    • Special Grants: certain disabled veterans can receive grants to have their homes specially adapted to their needs.


    • No time limit for service-related death. Other deaths, 2 years from date of burial.
    • Headstones and Markers: VA can furnish a monument to mark the unmarked grave of eligible veteran.
    • Presidential Memorial Certificate: VA can provide a certificate for eligible recipients.
    • Burial Flag: VA can provide an American flag to drape an eligible veteran's casket.
    • Reimbursement of Burial Expenses: VA can pay a burial allowance of $2,000 for veterans who die of service related causes. For certain other veterans , VA can pay $ 300 burial/funeral expenses and $300 for a plot.
    • Burial in a VA National Cemetery: most veterans and some dependents can be buried in a VA national cemetery.






    Dependents and Survivors

    • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): is payable to survivors of service members who died on active duty; veterans who died from service-related disabilities; certain veterans who were being paid 100% VA disability compensation at time of death.
    • Death Pension: is payable to some surviving spouses and children of deceased wartimes veterans. The benefit is based on financial need.
    • CHAMPVA: shares the cost of medical services for eligible dependents and survivors of certain veterans.

    Health Care

    • Veterans must be enrolled to receive VA health care.


    • Services: preventive, immunizations, screening test, health education, training classes, primary health care, diagnostics and treatment, home health care, respite, hospice care, palliative care, urgent/limited emergency care, drugs and pharmaceuticals.
    • Hearing aids/eyeglasses: generally require a service connected disability rating of 10% or more.

    Life Insurance

    • Service members Group Life Insurance (SGLI): Coverage begins when you enter service. Expires 120 days after you get out.
    • Veterans Group Life Insurance: Renewable five-year term life insurance for veterans.
    • Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance: life insurance for service-disabled veterans. Apply within two years after being notified of service connected disability.

    California Department of Veteran's Affairs (CDVA) Benefits

    • College Fee Waiver: waiver of all mandatory system wide tuition and fees for eligible dependents.
    • Cal Vet Home Loans: provide a VA guaranteed loan to eligible veterans.
    • Veterans Home of California: serves former military personnel by providing quality residential and medical care


    Federal Veterans Administration (
    California Department of Veterans Affairs (
    National Personnel Records Center (
    Code of Federal Regulations (
    National Cemetery Administration Dept of Veteran Affairs (
    Black Civil War Veterans (
    Cold War Certificate Program (
    Vietnam Veterans of America (
    Gulf War Information (
    Small Business Administration (
    Veterans' Homes Bond Act of 2000 Proposition 16 (

    Social Media

    Lassen County Veterans Services Facebook Page