Many veterans are unaware of the services and benefits to which they are entitled. Sean Stephens, Marin County Veterans Services Officer, Department of Health and Human Services, works with incarcerated veterans and their families. Stephens ensures that they are aware of their entitlements and receive assistance in obtaining services and benefits. During monthly visits to San Quentin Prison, Stephens is able to support prisoners and their families during the application process.
His work is critical to ensuring that upon release veterans are able to access support services. These services are an integral part of helping released veterans find employment and avoid reincarceration.
In appreciation of his work, the Vietnam Veterans Group San Quentin honored Stephens in June for his work with Vietnam Veterans incarcerated at San Quentin Prison.
“A highlight of my job is helping veterans find out about services they didn’t know existed. For example, many veterans and their families are unaware of the college scholarship programs for children of veterans. I had an inmate who was so grateful for the ability to help his daughter with college he literally broke down in tears. I want these guys to know they are not forgotten. We are here to help them and their families,” said Stephens.
“We are proud of Sean’s hard work and dedication to Marin County veterans. His efforts ensure veterans receive the support services critical for successful community reintegration,” stated Nick Trunzo, Director of Marin County Aging and Adult Services. Stephens works on a coordinated approach with mental health, housing, and support services targeting veterans immediately before their prison release.
The Marin County Veterans Service Office helps veterans, their spouses and children obtain all types of veterans benefits.
- Wartime veterans who have no service connected disabilities but who are unable to work may be eligible for a pension.
- All veterans may be eligible for free hospital care at any VA medical facility, a guaranteed loan for the purchase of a home, and veteran's preference in employment. Drug and alcohol treatment programs are available.
- Veterans honorably discharged within the last ten years may be eligible for payment while attending school.
- Children of veterans who have a service-connected disability may be able to attend a State of California college or university without payment of tuition.
- Spouses and children of deceased veterans whose death was service connected are eligible for monthly payment, tax exemption and a college education.
- Spouses and children of deceased wartime veterans, who have a very limited income, may be eligible for death pension. Life insurance and a burial allowance are payable in some cases.
There are no time limits for filing most claims. For further information or to file a claim for any benefit, please call (415)473-6193 or email us at email@example.com.
Location: Marin County Veterans Services Office is located at 10 North San Pedro Road, Suite 1010, just south of the Civic Center.
Hours: Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Applications are taking by appointment or walk-in. Please bring your veteran discharge papers if available.