Veterans Resource Center

VRC COVID-19 Resources

Los Angeles County Information

LA County Daily COVID-19
Check out Public Health information data for the County of Los Angeles where you can see up-to-date cases reported in your location, recovery metrics, contact tracing, nursing facilities and much more.

Keeping Los Angeles Safe
Safer L.A.: What you need to know about the roadmap to re-opening Los Angeles. Read about how Mayor Garcetti plans to re-open LA while making adjustments to the Safer at Home order.

Mental Health

University Counseling Services
University Counseling Services (UCS) recognizes that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the transition to virtual modalities of learning impact CSUN students in different ways. UCS is open and operating remotely during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), providing all services through telemental health. 

Chatsworth Vet Center
The Chatsworth Vet Center and Sepulveda Outstation are now offering V.A. Video Connect and phone appointments.

Taking your ‘Mental Health’ Temperature During COVID (Kathy Katella, Yale Medicine)
Strong emotions during the pandemic are normal, but some may find that their reactions grow worse over time. Yale doctors offer strategies for coping.

Irreverent Warriors — Bringing Veterans Together
The mission of Irreverent Warriors is to bring Veterans together using humor and camaraderie to improve mental health and prevent suicide.

Merging Vets and Players (MVP)
MVP empowers combat veterans and former professional athletes by connecting them after the uniform comes off; providing them with a new team to assist with transitions, promote personal development, and show them they are never alone.

5 ways to handle stress during finals week
Learn how to manage your workload and don't let school overwhelm you.

Survive finals week
Only a week after Thanksgiving, finals are around the corner. Stay motivated and survive finals week.

How to Cope With Stress During the Pandemic
Be sure to take care of your mental health during these stressful time. Find tips on how to prioritize this personally.

Cohen Veterans Network
Be sure to take care of your mental health during these stressful times.

Grace After Fire
Serving women veterans from all eras and branches of service (currently 1.8 million).

Sunshine Behavioral Health
Sunshine Behavioral Health (SBH) is bringing awareness to a new program at the V.A. free to veterans who struggle with alcohol or drug abuse, called Contingency Management.

Sea Lions for Service Members
Sea Lions for Service Members is a donor and grant-funded program. It is intended to bring recently returned military service members to Pacific Marine Mammal Center to discover and assist with rescue and rehabilitation work.

Mental Health — Resources
If you or someone you know is dealing with mental health issues, find support with some of the resources listed through this link.

PTSD Support Resources
If you or someone you know is dealing with mental health issues, find support with some of the following resources within the link above.

6 Tips for Re-Acclimating to Normal Life
As vaccines go into arms, there are lots of positive signs for the future. Here are a few tips for adjusting to a world after COVID-19.

6 Ways To Mentally Prepare Yourself For The New Semester
As summer slowly comes to a close, students have to get back into the groove of school. Here are a few tips on how to be ready to make the most of the new semester.

Caregiver Burnout: How to Take Care of Yourself
What to do when compassion becomes too heavy? Caregiver burnout is one of the first things to look out for.

50 Ways for Family Caregivers to Take a Break
As a family caregiver, you may feel it is nearly impossible to take a break. This role often involves an around-the-clock commitment to your loved one, so you may feel you need to be available at all times. However, as a caregiver, it is crucial that you find time to take small breaks.

Stress Relief Products For Caregivers
It takes a very special person to dedicate themselves to the care of another. And yet, caregiving is often one of the most stressful jobs, in large part due to the vital importance of the task. Selfless caregivers may feel tempted to understate their own stress levels, or to prioritize the needs of their loved ones above their own.

Educational Benefits

CSUN Office of Veterans Affairs
The Office of Veterans Affairs is currently open to drop off documents. Staff will not be available for in-person questions. It is best to call ahead or email them for a quick response. The Veterans Affairs certifying officials will be available remotely from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You may email them at or call 818-677-5928.

COVID-19 Information Affecting Education Benefits
Congress continues to preserve GI Bill benefits for students impacted by COVID-19. The President signed into law S.3503, giving VA temporary authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted during an emergency. 

H.R 8837 — Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and other Extensions Act
If you are using VA educational benefits (Chapter 33, Chapter 31, and Veteran Readiness and Employment). Your benefits will not be affected by in-person classes being switched to virtual in the spring semester.

Google SVA Scholarship
Google has partnership with the SVA to award eight (8) $10,000 scholarships to Student Veterans studying computer science and related majors.

CSUN Scholarship Opportunities
The application period for the 2021-2022 academic year is open! Log in and complete the General Application and view the opportunities available.

Veteran Scholarships
Here is a list of 2021 scholarships for military-affiliated persons and Veterans.

TELACU Veterans Upward Bound
Their mission is always to motivate and assist veterans in academic development. This program is virtual through Zoom and is available for free to all Military veterans and Reservists here in California. The Veterans Upward Bound program is funded through the U.S. Department of Education.

From Serving to Studying: Veterans’ Education Benefits
From college classes to on-the-job training, a world of educational opportunities awaits veterans and their families—as does a range of benefits to help fund those opportunities.

The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)
VRRAP was enacted on Thursday, March 11 and was effective immediately. VRRAP was part of the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package, with aid targeted to assist individuals and businesses recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Serving to Studying: Veteran’s Education Benefits
From college classes to on-the-job training, a world of educational opportunities awaits veterans and their families—as does a range of benefits to help fund those opportunities.

5 Benefits of Online Summer School
Online summer school is a great way for students at all levels and abilities to gain new skills, master challenging courses, try out new interests like languages or art, graduate early or recover lost credits.

5 Steps to Write a Standout College Scholarship Essay
Need some essay guidance? Follow these five simple steps for creating a winning scholarship essay, and you will be on your way to winning free money for college.

Tips & Traveling Info

Tips on Wearing a Mask and How to Protect Yourself
Check out the great tips from the Center for Disease Control regarding wearing masks and how to protect yourself from COVID-19.

Traveling during COVID-19
If you plan to travel during the holidays take a moment and check out these recommendations from the CDC.

7 ways to celebrate the holidays safely
Here you can find creative ways to celebrate the holidays without using Zoom.

Holiday gathering in 2020: Safety tips to navigate the holidays during the pandemic
No one wants to celebrate a holiday gathering that can potentially turn into a super-spreader event. Learn how to host a holiday gathering safely.

COVID-19 Vaccine
The Coronavirus vaccine has begun it’s rollout. Find out what to expect at a vaccination appointment.

Family caregivers of wounded, ill or injured Veterans may access no-cost, short-term relief from CareLinx in-home care professionals.

COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet
Important information for Veterans regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

Coronavirus FAQs: What Veterans Need to Know
Important information for veterans regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

7 Tips for Planning Your 2021 or 2022 Vacation Now
Enjoy the anticipation but keep plans flexible as the pandemic continues.

20 Study Strategies for Finals Week
Ensure you’re prepared for finals with these study tips, which can help you conquer your finals.

Summer Travel 2021
What should you expect when you hit the road this summer? Travel will feel different. Americans will be visiting the same places but for different reasons. Safety and reliable travel advice are more important than ever.

5 Safety Tips for Going to the Beach In 2021
Have an exciting vacation by going to the best summer destination: the beach!

5 Tips to Help You Prepare for the New Semester
It's time to start thinking about how you can put your best foot forward in the new school year. Here are a few tips to help you prepare.