What is California Veterans Connection
CVC was started in January 2019 by Chris and Andrea Ulicki with the goal to help better the quality of life for veterans and their families. Within our careers in healthcare we have noticed huge variations in the quality of life that people live, and how money and knowledge affect how quickly and what services are offered. Many times we come across patients that can not afford services or have special circumstances beyond what the healthcare system has to offer to better their quality of life and make things easier for them. We frequently come across social situations where some people just need a ride to appointments, help with the care of their pet, meals or discounts for services to help lessen a financial burden that improves their quality of life.  Andrea and Chris both have had grandfathers and other family members in the military. We have watched our family on fixed incomes struggle just to get affordable prescriptions. CVC was envisioned as a way to give back beyond our current jobs and pay it forward for the men, woman and their families that did so much for our country.  
Veteran Facts 
16.1 million living veterans served during at least one war
2 million veterans are women
7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War
5.5 million veterans served during the Persian Gulf War
2 million veterans served during the Korean War
The military men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children, grandparents, friends, neighbors and coworkers, and are an important part of their communities. The courage of military service is something everyone can appreciate. 

Helping Our Local VA
Did you know that many Veterans that come into the hospital for long term treatment often do not receive it, because there is no where for their loved ones or their emotional support animal to stay. 
Did You Know
The number of homeless US military veterans in California fell 5.4% in 2018 but 28% of homeless veterans live in California.  Veterans are more likely than civilians to experience homelessness due to combat-related injury or illness, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, or sexual trauma while in service. Theise traumas, if untreated can result in substance abuse which affects person's ability to earn a stable income. Homelessness in female veterans increased by 7% from 2016 to 2017, the women composed 15 of the active military. 
What can Service Dogs do for Veterans
Whether the injury sustained is sustained from shrapnel, a roadside bomb, or witnessing carnage, the pain and suffering of servicewomen and men is real and, for many, chronic. But the relief available is not necessarily the same for all veterans, particularly when it comes to the rehabilitative care offered by service dogs. Veterans who return home with physical impairments that hamper their mobility have the opportunity to obtain service dog benefits. Yet for those veterans whose injuries are psychological in nature, no service canine benefits are bestowed by the VA.
CVC is funded fully by Donations
California Veterans Connection is only able to accomplish our mission with donations from the community. Please help pay it forward to a Veteran that sacrificed everything for us. 100% of your donation goes directly to services to help a Veteran in need.