Employment and Social Services

Our Mission:  "We administer employment and social services, preserving the dignity of children, families and adults."

Our Vision:  "Partnering for a safe, healthy, and self-reliant community."

Veterans Services Office

The County Veterans Services Office is an office established by the Butte County Board of Supervisors to assist veterans, their dependents and survivors, and the general public in obtaining benefits from federal, state, and local agencies administering programs for veterans. 

We are a county agency and NOT the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Purpose We provide advocacy to the veteran community regarding entitlement rights to federal, state and local benefit programs. 

**Filing your claim through the Butte County Veterans Service Office will greatly improve your chances for a successful, well-documented, claim to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. County Veteran Service Officers and Representatives are certified, skilled professionals trained in developing veterans' claims for benefits by reviewing and applying relevant legislation, current law, protocols and important medical evidence.

The Butte County Veterans Services Office (BCVSO) is looking for volunteers from the community to assist with its various outreach programs and to assist veterans as they come into the BCVSO to seek benefits and services.

The County Veterans Services Office works as an advocate for those who have served in U.S. Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard and their family members in receiving the benefits and services earned through military service. These benefits and services include; pension, service connected compensation, aid and attendance, housing, employment, counseling and much more. The Veterans Services Office also works with a network of providers to connect all veterans and their dependents with exactly what they need.  

Volunteers will perform office assistant duties such as, but not limited to:

Greeting clients

Assisting in the development and planning of outreach to local veterans.

Assisting in the development and processing of veterans claims.

Assisting in helping veterans connect with benefits and services at the federal, state and local level.


Interested applicants should be:

Knowledgeable in researching benefits and programs using the internet and published resource guides.

Motivated problem solvers and dedicated to improving the lives of our local veterans.

Services and Programs

Additional Services

We can assist you with the following:

It is important to have documentation and vital information available for your VA claims. The following is a simple checklist for gathering appropriate documents for your claim:

  • Discharge papers (DD214)
  • Marriage certificates
  • Divorce decrees
  • Birth certificates for dependents
  • Social Security documents
  • Death certificates


The Butte County Veteran Service Office assists the Butte County sheriff's office and Northwest ASPCA with the Sheriffs 'second Chance Canine Companions For Veterans Program'.  The 'Second Chance Canine Companions for Veterans' is a dog rescue and rehabilitation program designed to improve the lives of those in custody, who will train and care for the canines, and for the Veterans who will later adopt the dogs.  Dogs are specifically picked from the animal shelter to be trained under the guidance of a certified dog handler/trainer for a 10+ week program to then be given to veterans as companion animals.

If you are a veteran and would like to apply to adopt a free companion dog, please contact the Butte County Veteran Service Office at 530-891-2759 or email vso@buttecounty.net


Connect with Veterans Services Office

We are located in the Butte Community Employment Center - Chico

2445 Carmichael Drive
Chico, CA 95928

Fax: 530.895.6508
Office Hours 
Mondays & Wednesdays

 8:30am - 11:30am

12:30pm - 3:30pm

Tuesdays & Thursdays

8:30am - 11:30am

12:30pm - 3:30pm (Walk-in Hours)


8:30am - 11:30am

* Office closed everyday for Lunch 11:30am - 12:30pm

*Please call 1-530-891-2759 for an appointment and or walk-in times

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 Contact DESS

24-Hour Emergency Numbers
Children's Services - North County
Children's Services - South County
Adult Services - Countywide

Customer Service Center

Butte 211
Dial 211 or Butte211.org

Full list of DESS contacts

 Locations & Hours

Customer Service Center
877.410.8803 (phone only)
Monday - Friday
7:30am to 4:30pm

Excludes Holidays

Butte Community Employment Center - Chico
2445 Carmichael Drive
Chico, CA 95928

Butte Community Employment Center - Oroville
78 Table Mountain Blvd.
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
7:30am - 5:00pm

Paradise Library - Paradise  5922 Clark Road Paradise, CA 95969

Hours of operation within the Library are Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 noon - 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays

Full list of DESS locations.


Public Assistance Overpayment
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Apply in person at one of the Butte Community Employment Centers

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Veteran Resources
Employment and Social Services

202 Mira Loma, Oroville, CA 95965

Shelby Boston
Director/Public Guardian/Public Administrator

Careers with DESS

California Department of Social ServicesCalifornia Department of Social Services
744 P Street, Sacramento CA 95814