Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC)

The SVRC opened in September of 2016 with generous support from Sentinels of Freedom with the vision of creating a community for veteran students at DVC. The center offers dedicated study areas, a computer lab, student meeting space, comfortable lounge to build comradery and relax, small kitchenette, and connections to other resources. The center is open to reserves, active duty, veterans, and dependents.

Mission

Diablo Valley College Veteran Resource Center strives to provide the best possible service for our veterans, active-duty military, and dependent students while pursuing their educational, personal, and career goals. We offer various services to assist with transitional challenges. We deliver a combination of services that focus on academics, campus resources, referral to community resources, and establishing a supportive environment that promotes positive outcomes for our students to enhance their college experience and alleviate any gaps that hinder our students' success. The Student Veterans Resource Center is committed to helping military-connected students with retention, degree completion, and transferability to four-year degree institutions.

Veteran Resource Center Services

First and foremost, we want to thank our veterans for their service and the families of veterans for their sacrifice. DVC Veterans Resource Center staff community welcomes you to Diablo Valley College.  We are eager to assist you as you continue your educational journey with us and hope that your time at DVC will be a rewarding experience. The Veterans Resource Center is designed to be a gathering place for Diablo Valley College student veterans and dependents so they can study, get to know one another, and have a place of their own to hang out between classes. Amenities include: 

  • Access to Computers with Accessibility programs
  • Laptop Borrowing Program
  • Lounge and study area 
  • Veteran Academic Counseling
  • Book Borrowing Program
  • Scantron and bluebook supplies
  • Coffee and snacks
  • Free printing 
  • Tutoring services
  • One on one assistance for new student enrollment
  • Dedicated financial aid and admissions liaison 
  • School supplies closet 

Covid-19 Emergency Grant

Are you having difficulty paying your college costs or experiencing a financial emergency related to attending college due to the COVID-19 pandemic ? If so, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Emergency Grant! Students enrolled for fall 2022, who have not previously received funding, can apply for  $1000 grant to help with books, supplies, housing, food, transportation, technology needs, health care, child care and other costs. Don’t let a financial emergency keep you from completing your educational goals at DVC! Funds are limited! Learn more and apply now!

Information

New Students

Step two - Apply to DVC

Complete an application for admission to college

Online assessment

Complete online assessment

After applying you will need to complete both the online orientation via Canvas and the online assessment process. You will receive placements for English and math to help inform the level at which you should start. For questions regarding placement, please e-mail assessment@dvc.edu or call 925-969-2132

Step three - Apply for Financial Aid

Complete an application www.fasfa.gov

You can receive both education benefits AND Financial Aid
In addition to your education benefits, you may also qualify for the following financial aid programs:

Pell Grant— up to $6,195/year
Cal Grant – up to $1,672/year
Student Success Completion Grant— up to $4000/year
Chafee Grant (for former foster youth) – up to $5000/year
FSEOG Grant— up to $500/year
California Promise Grant— waives $46 per unit fee
Federal Work Study— on campus employment
Federal Student Loans—varies


The information on your FAFSA will be used to determine your eligibility for the programs listed above. Approximately two weeks after you submit your application online, the DVC Financial Aid Office will send a follow-up email to your InSite Portal student email account with further instructions and checklist of items of complete. This checklist will provide a list of additional documentation required to validate certain information on your FAFSA. After you have printed, gathered, and completed all required documentation, contact the Financial Aid Office to submit your documents. 

Veterans are considered independent for the FAFSA and do not have to provide parent’s income and asset information on the application. 


If you were initially denied due to your income but your financial situation has changed and the FAFSA data does not accurately reflect your ability to pay for college expenses, you may qualify for a Reduction in Income Appeal.

Reduction in Income Appeal - 2022-2023

Step Four - Submit Transcripts to DVC

If you have attended courses at another college(s) you must submit ALL transcripts and send them to DVC Admissions. Official college transcripts must be submitted prior to meeting with a counselor and creating a VA education plan. Transcripts can be sent to the following address: Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Rd., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. 

If you are transferring to DVC and would like to submit official transcripts electronically and your institution needs an email address to direct them, please use transcripts@dvc.edu

Military Transcripts 

Find information about the Military Joint Services Transcripts and how transcripts may be requested by current and former members of the Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy at their webpage. Current and former members of the Air Force can request transcripts from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). Air Force personnel can obtain their transcript, even if they have not attended classes at the CCAF. More information about military transcripts can be found on the vets.gov website.  

Step Five - Veteran Educational Planning and Counseling

Meet with a veterans counselor to develop your personal Education Plan. BEFORE you can make an appointment, you must complete the above steps, and if you are transferring from another institution, all transcripts must be turned in. You must request an evaluation and call (925) 969-2237 or email ngomes@dvc.edu to make an appointment, please identify yourself as a Veteran who needs to meet with a Veteran’s Counselor.  

Step Six - Submit Documents to Veterans Services

Submit copies of the following applicable documents to the Veterans Services Office. These can be submitted via email to veterans@dvc.edu 

DD214 (Member-4 Copy) - Veterans only.
Certificate of Eligibility, a letter sent to the veteran confirming his/her or dependents eligibility for education benefits. 
Complete the Statement of responsibility online form
Copy of the Kicker, if applicable (part of the enlistment contract; “Army College Fund,” “Navy Sea College Fund.”  
NOBE - Select Reservists only.  A copy of your Notice of Basic Eligibility must be submitted; NOBE is obtained through your command.  

Step Seven - Register and request certification

Register for classes through InSite portal

After registration submit a request for certification

Step Eight - Enroll in the veterans orientation

Enroll in the online orientation specifically for military-connected student. This module on Canvas is designed to keep you informed of updates, important dates, and critical information throughout the semester.

 


Diablo Valley College Student Veterans Alliance (DVCSVA) student club

Purpose

The Purpose of the Diablo Valley College Student Veterans Alliance (DVCSVA) is to provide a community of support for military veterans and their families. In order to meet the needs of current and prospective student veterans, the DVCSVA will work to inform faculty, staff, and the greater student body in order to provide them with the knowledge and tools to properly support our student Veterans, support academic and co-curricular experiences, and facilitate preparation for goals beyond graduation.

Meetings

Meeting dates and times

Official club meetings (via Zoom) once per month. Please check back for Fall 2022 meeting schedule.

 

Zoom Meeting Information

Zoom information will be posted once fall 2022 meeting dates are published.

Contact

Join Student Veterans Alliance Club on DVCSync and Facebook to keep up with club updates and events.

 


 

Veterans Day Ceremony - Parking lot 1

Live Streamed Event

November 10, 2022 - 9:00 am - 10:30 am

View the event recording here: https://video.ibm.com/recorded/128514584 

 Jake Wood

Jake Wood

Once a Warrior: How One Veteran Found New Mission Closer to Home

November 13, 2020 - 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Jake Wood is the co-founder and CEO of Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that utilizes the skills of military veterans to deploy disaster response teams. Under Woods leadership, Team Rubicon has responded to over 700 disasters since the 2010 Haiti earthquake of the century. Wood is leading veterans advocate who as brief President Obama on veterans' issues, met with former Presidents Bush and Clinton on disaster response and testified before the Senate. Wood is a former United States Marine who is also the author of Take Command and Once a Warrior, and is the 2018 recipient of the Pat Tillman Award for Service.

To learn more about Jake Wood's work, visit: https://www.jakewood.co/ 

For additional campus events, view DVC's calendar of events

Services

Counseling and Services

Visit the Counseling Center's webpage for information on drop in hours and schedule an appointment with Alberto Aranda, Veterans Counselor.

Have a question? Use the live chat feature on the Counseling Center's homepage

Financial Aid

Have Questions?

Contact Phoebe Keesey, Financial Aid Veteran Student Liaison

  • Via email (pkeesey@dvc.edu), phone (925) 969-2124
  • Or drop in via Zoom (https://4cd.zoom.us/j/8145246774)
    • Mondays and Tuesdays 10-12pm Via zoom or in person

You do not need an appointment, you can just stop by during those times. If you are unavailable during those times, please email with your availability to schedule an appointment for a day/time that works for you.

Check out these veteran-specific tips about Financial Aid: Financial Aid Tips for Veterans SP21

Tutoring

Veteran-Specific Tutoring 

The SVRC is partnering with Academic Support Center (ASC) to offer virtual tutoring with Jerry Hudson. 

Subjects: Algebra, Calculus, Trigonometry, and Physics
Tuesdays Thursday
9 - 12 pm 9 - 12 pm

Virtual and one-on-one, socially distanced, in-person appointments outside of the above schedule can be made directly with Jerry Hudson via email to jkhudson@astound.net

General ASC Information

For Fall 2022, the Academic Support Center (ASC) will be open online from 9 am - 9 pm  Monday-Thursday and from 10 am-2 pm on Fridays for support in-person. Tutoring is offered online Monday-Thursday from 10am-4pm and Friday from 10am-2pm. We can help with class content as well as help you connect with other college resources. If you have a quick question or need help finding support, use our chat button at the bottom of the page.

Need help? Just ASC!

Student Centers

DVC's on-campus and online student centers can connect you with tutors, counselors, and support services to help you complete your path.  Visit one of our seven new centers! Not sure which interest area to choose?  "Just ASC!"  Visit the Pleasant Hill or San Ramon Academic Support Center and someone will help you! 


Community Resources

American Legion

American Legion District 9 offers FREE membership at District 9 posts to student veterans attending Contra Costa community colleges.

The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation's veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.

The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.

Concord Vet Center

Readjustment Counseling Services
1333 Willow Pass Road, Suite 106, (behind Sizzler restaurant)
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: 925-680-4526

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

For assistance after hours, weekends, and holidays call: 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387)

 

Contra Costa Country Blue Star Moms

Contra Costa Blue Star Moms
California Chapter 20
P.O. Box 6379, Concord, CA 94524
Email: ccbsm@ccbluestarmoms.org 
http://www.ccbluestarmoms.org/index.php 

Contra Costa County Veterans Services

The Veterans Service Office helps local veterans and their families obtain veteran benefits from federal, state and local agencies.

Contra Costa County Veterans Service Office
Nathan Johnson, County Veterans Service Officer
10 Douglas Drive, Suite 100
Martinez, CA 94553
Phone: 925-313-1481
Fax: 925-313-1490

Regular Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm, Friday 9am-12pm

COVID-19 Update: 
All office locations are currently closed for public safety.

We still look forward to serving Veterans and their families. Veteran Service Representatives are currently working from home and ready to help.

Please email Veterans@vs.cccounty.us for assistance!

Direct Deposit of Educational Benefits Payments

Online: Login to WAVE (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment) (or create an account if you are a new user). On the WAVE main page, click on the link that says "Direct Deposit Enrollment Form". This form can be submitted electronically, or you can print out a hard copy and mail it to your local Regional Processing Office.

By phone: Direct Deposit center, 1-877-838-2778
https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do 

Martinez VA Medical Center

The Martinez VA Medical Center offers a full range of medical, surgical, mental health, and diagnostic outpatient services, including nuclear medicine, ultrasound, CT and MRI. The Center for Rehabilitation and Extended Care (CREC) is located adjacent to the outpatient clinic, which is operational 24/7. This location provides urgent care but has NO EMERGENCY SERVICES.

Location
150 Muir Road
Martinez, CA 94553-4668

Phone
925-372-2000

Regular Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

Telephone Numbers:
Emergency: 911
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
24 Hour Nurse: 1-800-382-VETS (8387)
Change Your Appointment: 1-800-382-VETS (8387)
Media Inquiries: 916-843-9247 or 916-843-7000
National Veterans Helpline: 1-800-507-4571
Patient Locator: 1-800-382-VETS (8387)
Pharmacy Refill: 1-866-600-8279
Telephone Care: 1-800-382-VETS (8387)

COVID-19 Update:
If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath, call 1-800-382-VETS (8387) before visiting. For other concerns, you may be able to access VA care from home by phone or using VA virtual care options. More details.

Oakland VA Regional Office

VA’s Oakland Regional Office (RO) administers a variety of services, including Compensation and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment for Veterans, service members, their families and survivors in Northern California. The following additional services are offered:

  • Counseling about eligibility for VA benefits and how to apply
  • Information about VA health care and memorial benefits
  • Outreach to Veterans, including those who are homeless or at risk for homelessness and older, minority, and women Veterans
  • Public affairs

Oakland Regional Office
1301 Clay St., North Tower
Oakland, CA 94612

COVID-19 Update:
Please note that the Oakland VA Regional Office is closed to the public. If either a Veteran need to contact a specific counselor, please do so via email.

Shelter, Inc.

SHELTER, Inc.'s Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) is one of 151 programs funded by the VA as part of a nationwide effort to end veteran homelessness. Under the SSVF program, VA awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives to provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing. SSVF serves veterans who are at risk of losing their housing as well as those veterans who are homeless. Please visit Support for Veteran Families for participant requirements.

Shelter Inc. has created a COVID Hotline through 211; callers are referred to Shelter Inc. and Catholic Charities to aid and assist those who are in need of rental help after being laid off from their jobs due to COVID-19.

1333 Willow Pass Rd., Suite 206
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: 925-957-7592
http://shelterinc.org/programs/ssvf.html
Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm

Swords to Plowshares

Founded in 1974 by veterans, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides needs assessment and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to approximately 3,000 veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area each year.

Main Office:
1060 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-252-4788

East Bay Office:
2719 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510-844-7500

Email: info@swords-to-plowshares.org
https://www.swords-to-plowshares.org/

Services during COVID-19:
Drop-in Hours
We will offer mail services and provide food as needed to veterans who currently receive their mail at 1060 Howard Street in San Francisco and 2719 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. Triage may be offered to veterans in need of immediate/emergency services.

Shelter-in-place adjusted hours for our Service Center locations:

San Francisco Service Center
Monday – Friday (every workday) 1 pm – 4:30 pm
 Oakland Service Center
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1 pm – 4 pm

Rental Payments
We will continue processing rent checks for veteran clients during this time. Please continue to coordinate with your case manager or contact us at SSVF@stp-sf.org.

Legal Services
If you are a San Francisco resident seeking help with VA benefits or a discharge upgrade, please contact Swords’ Intake Specialist Rebecca Beville at rebecca.beville@stp-sf.org or 415.252.4788 ext. 313.

All San Francisco veterans are eligible for a free one-time consultation with our attorneys, regardless of discharge status, the era of service, or length of service. Please note – We do not guarantee representation or ongoing assistance. We hope to return to our regular drop-in hours soon where all veterans who can attend are welcome.

Supportive Housing
We will limit all group activities and non-essential services in our housing programs. During this period, we will have Front Desk staff, maintenance staff & janitorial staff, and mental health staff only on a regular basis. Case management will be limited. Meal services in our programs will continue, but will be boxed and/or frozen. We are also providing residents with additional resources for groceries and boxed meals.  If you have questions or concerns, please email us at housing@stp-sf.org .

Employment & Training
Any Employment & Training inquires including referrals, events, or services, please email us at jobsforvets@stp-sf.org.  Currently our office hours are limited and by appointment only.  If any Employment & Training services are needed, please email jobsforvets@stp-sf.org, or contact your Employment & Training Employment Specialist or Job Developer directly.

Please note that things are changing rapidly and business hours and available services are subject to change. 

Veterans Accession House

Transitional Housing for Student Veterans

The purpose of the Veterans Accession House (VAH) is to offer secure, affordable, transitional housing for single Homeless and At-Risk Veterans pursuing higher education or employment. The VAH offers a sober living environment where residents can find the support and comradery of like-minded, goal-oriented Veterans while receiving guidance from a trained case manager. The VAH program is a Veterans Affairs contractor operating in Contra Costa County.

The program helps with health benefits, educational development, employment support, legal services, Service Planning and assistance with permanent housing. Veterans live in a communal setting, a large bedroom, sharing common areas of the house at the rate of $400.00 per month; this includes access to computers/ network, support amenities and daily meals. Veterans enjoy the congeniality of a Veteran House Manager. The house manager is a Veterans who works directly with program staff, and will encourage fellow Veterans in their self-improvement, staying on task, and support independent development.

For more information, visit:

2290 Willow Pass Road, Concord, CA
(925) 822-3175
Email: info@vahouse.org
https://www.vahouse.org/ 

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Jerome Hudson
Adjutant, Lt. Jerry Novakovich Post 1525
925-672-3007
Email: hudsonjk@astound.net

COVID-19 Update:
Please note that while DVC instruction is being offered remotely, Jerry is offering face-to-face tutoring at the Veterans Hall. Please contact him directly to set up an appointment.


SVRC Hours of Operation with Service Drop-In Hours - Fall 2022

 

Monday
9 am-4:00 pm

Tuesday
9 am-4:00 pm

Wednesday
9 am-4:00 pm

Thursday
9 am-4:00 pm

 

Veterans Counselor  Zoom 11-12 pm 11-12 pm 11-12 pm  

Contact the Student Veterans Resource Center

Contact email

SVRC Contact: Nicole Gomes, Program Coordinator - 925-969-2237 or ngomes@dvc.edu

For questions regarding certification and benefits, please contact the Veterans Services office at veterans@dvc.edu.

Center location

SVRC is in the Learning Communities Annex (LCA) campus map

Regular hours

Monday
9 am-4 pm
Tuesday
9 am-4 pm
Wednesday
9 am-4 pm
Thursday
9 am-4 pm

 

Friday 9 - 1

 

School Certifying Official     9 am - 1 pm    
Financial Aid 10 - 12 pm 10 - 12 pm      
Disability Support Services 9 - 4 pm 9 - 4 pm 9 - 4 pm    
Veterans Counselor          

Hours of Operation are subject to change based on CDC and county health guidelines.