Services for veterans in Fort Bragg

VFW Fort Bragg post 11166

     The best way to learn about the resources available to veterans is to network with other veterans.   One of the best opportunities is the local, Fort Bragg, chapter of the VFW.  The local post meets once a month on the second Tuesday at the Veterans Memorial Building (on the corner of Laurel and Harrison streets – map).  All veterans are welcome to attend the meeting; if you are not a member of the VFW you can attend as a guest.  Membership in the VFW is open to both men and women veterans.  The meetings start at 6:30 PM; a pre-meeting pot luck starts around 5:30 PM.  We have a Facebook page. The national VFW web site is here.

Redwood Coast Senior Center

     The Redwood Coast Senior Center provides stimulating activities, essential programs, and services for active elders. Located in Fort Bragg, on the magnificent Mendocino Coast, our historic community center supports optimal wellness and healthy aging.

The center offers a great daily lunch and lively conversation with friends (M-F 11:30am-1pm; Seniors are invited to make a $5.00 donation, and lunch is available to anyone 60+ for whatever they can afford.). An expanded calendar of social and educational programs especially designed by and for seniors. Field trips! Special dinners!

*  Meals on Wheels: A hot meal delivered to our homes when we seniors can’t get out.
*  Consultation on any matter of importance to independent senior living.
*  Shopping at Granny’s Attic Thrift Store, known for inexpensive clothes.
*  Use high speed internet in our computer lab
or get instruction and support.

Mendocino County Veterans Services

     Mendocino County Veterans Services Representatives are county employees trained and accredited by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to assist veterans with any veterans claim.   Ulyses Lopez is the Veterans Service Representative for Fort Bragg; his office is in the Veterans Memorial Building (on the corner of Laurel and Harrison streets – map – 360 N Harrison Fort Bragg, CA 95437).  Phone (707)964-5823.  Office hours in Fort Bragg are: Monday and Wednesday, (excluding County holidays) 8:00 AM– 5:00 PM.

Veteran’s ID Cards

     The Mendocino County Veterans Services Office will issue identification cards as proof of service in the United States military. Proof of service is needed to access services, benefits, and receive veteran’s discounts at many local businesses. With the ID, veterans will no longer need to carry a copy of their military discharge papers (DD-214) to show proof of service.

Who is eligible: A person who served in the active military and who was discharged or released under Honorable conditions. What you will need: A copy of your Discharge Papers (DD-214) and A Photo ID. Note: If the veteran does not have a copy of their discharge papers, we can order a copy. Hours for processing ID Cards may vary. Please contact our office to set up an appointment.

Fort Bragg Library

     The Mendocino County Library is located at 499 E Laurel St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437, just up the street from the veterans center.

Services include free wifi, public computers and a community room.  Be sure to check out their web site for hours of operation.