Membership and Veterans Benefits


membership posterMembership and Joining VNVDV

If you would like to join our membership and you are a Viet Nam Veteran meeting the qualifications (primarily being present and former members of the Armed Forces of the United States, who served during the Vietnam conflict and are eligible for the Vietnam Service Medal...there are exceptions you can ask about), then here is how you can become a member:

Download the Membership Application and Directory Data Form below. Fill them out and email them to the Membership Director or VNVDV President


Mail your completed applications, along with a copy of your DD-214, directly to our Membership Director at:
VNVDV – P.O. Box 2079
Danville, CA 94526

If you have further questions about membership, please leave "your contact information" on our organization's message phone at 925.837.6238. If you have interest in finding out more about the VNVDV's activities, you possibly want to attend a monthly general membership meeting, or you want to inquire about our current activities – information is always available by calling 925.837.6238. We will return your call!

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Viet Nam War, our lifetime dues are $50.

The forms below may be downloaded by clicking on them:

Membership Application

Directory Data Form

DD214 Authorization Form

Veterans Benefits


1 January 2023 - Information to Send to FASTRACK for Disable Veteran Fee Waiver - link

24 October 2022 - The Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder office is pleased to announce that Operation Documentation is back! We want to invite veterans to bring their DD 214 (discharge paperwork) to our office and we will record it at no charge for safe keeping and peace of mind. Whenever the Veteran needs a certified copy of the form, they can get one from our office – free.
The event information: Address: Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder-Elections Office 555 Escobar St. Martinez, CA 94553 Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022 Time: 4pm until 6pm
The Veteran Service Office will be on hand to meet with veterans who need additional assistance; additional agencies will also have information and resource tables.
For questions/comments please contact Karen Tedford at 925-335-7863 or

12 July 2022 - Veterans Crisis Line has a new number, Dial 988 then Press 1 - link

26 October 2021 - New Veterans Memorial Building Legacy Donation program tri-fold to share! link

2 September 2021 - NEW VNVDV trifold to share! link

11 Nov 2020 - Free Entrance to National Parks for Veterans and Gold Star Families link

2 Nov 2020 - Federal Benefits For Veterans, Dependents and Survivors 2020 link

8 Oct 2020 - Contra Costa Public Library site helping Veterans with job search website - pdf info

24 August 2020 - VA rolls out new patient-appointment tool, as part of electronic health record modernization transformation link

11 Aug 2020 - Tricare update link

1 May 2020 - RAO Bulletin link

31 March 2020 - Federal Benefits Handbook for Veterans and Dependents 2019 pdf

12 March 2020 - Contra Costa Veterans Service Office Outstation Hours info from Nathan Johnson...memo pdf

14 Jan 2020 - Blue Water Navy Communications

1 Jan 2020 - Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act claims now being determined...more info

1 Jan 2020 - Veterans need VHIC for in-person Commissary, Military Exchange, MWR access. Expansion to start Jan. 1, 2020...more info

9 Aug 2019 - All VA NorCal Health Care Facilities to go Smoke-Free October 1...see press release

10 Jan 2018 - Governor's 2018-19 Budget Proposal Supports California Veterans...see news release

22 Oct 2017 - NEW VA Northern CA Health Care System Emergency/Urgent Care Guide info...

9/7/2017 - VA Unveils Claims Submission Option That Promises to Complete Claims within 30 Days...see news release

8/13/2017 - CALVET CONNECT is a new blog site to check onCALVET information.

6/30/2017 - IU Has been Saved! The proposal to stop IU payments to those who reached Social Security age has been termed "dead" by VA Secretary Shulkin...see message and flier mentioned in message

2/16/2017 - DOD to open online exchange shopping to veterans - see article

1/13/2017 - DoD Announces New Outreach Efforts to Veterans Regarding Discharges and Military Records -see pdf

10/25/2016 - Veterans Can Now Schedule Optometry and Audiology Appointments - see pdf

5/24/2016 - Veterans need to visit their County Veterans Service Officer for information and benefit applications. For Contra Costa Veterans and VNVDV members - see pdf

4/21/2016 - Nearly 1,000 California Veterans Expected to Benefit from $116 Million in Second Round of Proposition 41 Grants pdf

3/25/2015 - Requirement of Standardized Claim, Appeal Forms Simplifies Application Process for Veterans pdf

6/20/2014 - Governor BrownApproves One-Time $3 million Augmentation In Support of California’s Network of 56 County Veterans Service Offices pdf

8/28/2014 - VA Releases New Version of the GI Bill®Comparison Tool pdf

9/24/2014 - VA Updates Disability Claims Application Process for Veterans, Survivors pdf

Veteran Federal Benefit Programs
Your Veteran Resources pdf
2014 Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors pdf

There are federal benefits available for qualified service members, including compensation and pension, health care, vocational rehabilitation & employment, education & training, home loans, life insurance, dependents & survivors, and burial benefits.

Veteran County Benefit Programs

Our County Service Officers have indicated at our monthly meetings – these are benefits that YOU have already earned through your honorable military service.

Take a look at the new Federal Veteran Benefit Handbook – identify areas of interest and then make an appointment with your local Country Service Officer.

In Contra Costa County contact:

Service Officer Nathan Johnson
10 Douglas Drive # 100
Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 313-1481
(925) 313-1490 (Fax)

To find out more about each benefit schedule a "Benefit Check-up" with your County Service Officer. VNVDV Members are all welcome to use the CoCoCo Service Office regardless of their home address. VNVDV membership does have its benefits.

20 February 2013 - Fresh from Nathan: