Veterans Village at Library
The grand opening of a California Department of Veterans Affairs resource center at the Central Library downtown. Photo courtesy of SDPL

The California Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday opened a resource center at the San Diego Central Library.

The facility is the 18th library location in California where former military members can get help. Another five will open later this year, according to the department.

The centers provide information on federal and state benefits, as well as available local services.

“The expansion of the Veteran Resource Centers throughout California’s libraries creates additional locations where our veterans and their families learn about the state and federal benefits earned through their military service,” said Keith Boylan, CalVet deputy secretary for veterans services.

“Making benefits information and assistance available in local libraries is a great way to reach our veterans close to where they live and work,” he said.

The center at the Central Library will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A resource center for veterans already operates on Tuesdays at the Point Loma/Hervey branch, 3701 Voltaire St.

— City News Service