County Veterans Service Offices are locally funded agencies/service programs first established in California in 1946 to assist veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services accrued through military service.
Every county in the State of California has a County Veterans Service Office (CVSO) with the exception of Sierra and Alpine Counties. These 2 counties are without CVSO due to their very low population.
The County Veterans Service Office assists veterans and their dependents in obtaining U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs benefits and entitlements by representing them during the benefits claims process. Staff are county employees who are accredited Veterans Claims Representatives. County Veterans Service Offices produce revenue for the counties since monetary awards realized through favorable claims stay in the county of residence. Because a large portion of San Francisco's veterans community is elderly and homeless, the office provides outreach and services to homeless veterans and veterans with disabilities.
For many years, veterans and their dependents living in San Francisco filed their claims for veterans benefits with the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs Regional Office located in San Francisco. But when this Regional Office moved in 1993 to the Federal Building in Oakland, California, San Francisco was urged to open a County Veterans Service Office to continue providing claims services to the veterans of San Francisco county. On February 11, 1993, the County Veterans Service Office in San Francisco was opened.