The Monterey Bay Region has a proud military heritage going back to the pre-California history and continuing though today. While Fort Ord was closed in 1994, a substantial military and veterans presence remains at various facilities around the region and throughout the former base. See the links and information below to connect with those facilities.
Monterey County Military & Veterans Affairs Office (MVAO)
The Monterey County Military & Veterans Affairs Office (MVAO) provides advocacy, assistance and services designed to enhance the lives of the County’s veterans who served their country in the Armed Forces, their families, and their survivors. We assist in obtaining entitlements and services from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Department of Defense, California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA), and local programs for eligible veterans and their families.
Monterey County Military & Veterans Affair’s employees are dedicated to providing these services in a customer friendly environment with quality second to none.
Joint VA/DoD General Gourley Clinic
The Joint VA/DoD General Gourley Clinic is a fully integrated facility that serves Veterans, active duty military members, and their beneficiaries. The center replaces existing and outdated VA and DoD clinics to provide comprehensive healthcare services to patients in a modern space with improved efficiency and expanded Veteran and family resources.
The new clinic features VA’s new Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) design to support a Veteran-centric model of care. PACT’s team-based care design also promotes staff collaboration in a flexible and adaptable concept. State-of-the-art training and patient education spaces will promote group classes. All clinical areas are wired to support expansive Telehealth programs.
Veterans Transition Center
Many Veterans who served America with honor and distinction during times of war and peace now find themselves homeless. Helping these servicemen and women get off the streets and back on their feet is not giving them a handout. It is merely providing a down payment on a debt that can never adequately be repaid.
The mission of the Veterans Transition Center is to provide services for Monterey County’s homeless Veterans and their families. By providing Veterans with transitional housing and case management programs, they will once again become employable, productive members of the community. VTC does not simply offer short term solutions to homelessness; it strives to better the lives of homeless Veterans, and aims to give them the tools they need to help themselves.
Ord Military Community
The Housing Services Office (HSO) provides relocation services to service members and their families, retirees, and DOD civilians affiliated with the Presidio of Monterey (POM), Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), Navy Postgraduate School (NPS), Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC), Coast Guard (USCG) and Recruiting and Reserve Commands. If you are inbound to the Monterey Bay area, your point of contact for relocation assistance regarding housing in the local area is the HSO. For those leaving Monterey, the HSO will assist with information about your next duty station and the availability of housing as well as other support functions at your new location.
California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery
In March 13, 2015, the groundbreaking ceremony for the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery (CCCVC) at the General Stilwell Community Center in Seaside marked a major landmark in the effort to construct what eventually will be a fitting tribute to the many veterans who have served our country. The groundbreaking was for a 17-acre development that will include 5,000 columbarium niches, landscaping, a memorial walkway and supporting infrastructure.
Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said, “I will forever be proud of those who responded to the call of duty now and throughout our history. They heard the call of the trumpet and they were there for us. Now it is our turn to be there for them. To give them the dignity and honor of finding a final resting place near their families and their communities on the Central Coast.”
Fort Ord BRAC Office
Fort Ord was identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a federal Superfund site on the basis of groundwater contamination discovered on the base in 1990. Fort Ord was selected for closure in 1991 and placed on the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list. The 7th Infantry Division (light) was inactivated in September 1993 and the soldiers were reassigned elsewhere. The post officially closed on September 30, 1994.
With the closure of Fort Ord, responsibility for the remaining Army activities were transferred to the Office of Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (ACSIM), Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Division, The cleanup of the former Fort Ord is managed under contracts through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The National Guard is a unique and essential element of the U.S. military. Founded in 1636 as a citizen force organized to protect families and towns from hostile attacks, today’s National Guard Soldiers hold civilian jobs or attend college while maintaining their military training part time, always ready to defend the American way of life in the event of an emergency.
National Guard Soldiers serve both community and country. Our versatility enables us to respond to domestic emergencies, overseas combat missions, counterdrug efforts, reconstruction missions and more. The Guard always responds with speed, strength and efficiency, helping to defend American freedom and ideals.
Many veterans face problems with alcohol or substance abuse, but there are many resources where they — and their families — can get help, advice, and support. The Recovery Village website contains links not only to leading resources for veterans’ addiction issues but also to resources for underlying conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health illnesses.
Crisis Lines for Veterans. Resources for Female Veterans. Resources for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Rehabilitation and Treatment. Mental Health Resources. Resources for Alcohol Addiction. Support for Veterans and Their Families. General Addiction Resources.