A smiling veteran sits on his new Harley.

Army veteran Charlie Ross has plenty to be thankful for. A resident of the Veterans Home of California-Barstow, Charlie is among the veterans living at a CalVet Home who shared their blessings with us as we prepare for Thanksgiving Day and dinner with all of the trimmings. Charlie’s story is one of giving and receiving, […]

Poster art encompassing military personnel from WWII to present day.

As we celebrate Veterans Day, the numbers add up to the respect and appreciation our veterans deserve across the nation—and here in California. To sum it up: Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, to commemorate the armistice that began on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (November 11, 1918) to […]

With Veterans Day upon us, CalVet pays tribute to the 23 enduring and endearing veterans and other residents whose ages require triple digits, and who live in our Veterans Homes of California throughout the state. U.S. Army veteran Warren Moose joined that very exclusive group on November 1, turning 100 years old to great fanfare […]

With Halloween upon us, we look to the maybe not-as-friendly-as-we-thought skies for a good spooking. On October 30, 1938 – Halloween Eve – Orson Welles punk’d an entire nation with his “War of the Worlds” radio spoof. It remains to this day the most famous radio broadcast ever – even more famous than President Franklin […]

Not a photo, signage that reads, 2021 women veterans reception, CalVet women voices

A reminder that the California Department of Veterans Affairs will host the 2021 Women Veterans Reception, including the presentations of the annual Trailblazer Awards, in a virtual event October 27, via Zoom. The event begins at 6 p.m., and will include remarks from CalVet Secretary Vito Imbasciani MD and Virginia Wimmer, CalVet’s new deputy secretary […]

U.S. Army women taking her pledge and Navy women working on equipment on an aircraft carrier.

The California Department of Veterans Affairs will host the 2021 Women Veterans Reception, including the presentations of the annual Trailblazer Awards, in a virtual event October 27, via Zoom. The event begins at 6 p.m., and will include remarks from CalVet Secretary Vito Imbasciani MD and Virginia Wimmer, CalVet’s new deputy secretary of Women Veterans […]

California coast photo with pelicans flying at sunset..

California operates nearly 300 state parks and recreation areas that offer forests, beaches, buttes and boating, historic military sites, railroads and everything in between. Of those state properties, all but three – Columbia State Park in Tuolumne County, Great Valley Grasslands State Park in Merced County and Robert Louis Stevenson State Park in the Napa […]

Vietnam veteran Michael VanCleemput at the mic of the ham radio equipment at the Veterans Homes of California-Redding.

REDDING – Michael VanCleemput is ham radio operator who makes friends through the frequencies, and would like to do so more frequently. The 80-year-old Vietnam-era veteran and resident of the Veterans Homes of California-Redding is looking for a few good men and women to converse with over the amateur radio airwaves. He is issuing an […]

Iconic photo of an Army guy with a tin cup waiting for coffee. There is a sign in the background that says "coffee."

Today is National Coffee Day, and no one appreciates a good cup of coffee more than members of the United States military. Why, you might ask?  Because they rarely get a really good cup of coffee. In galleys and mess halls, it’s brewed for the masses – thick, industrial and served from urns. No talls, ventis, grandes or trentas here, folks.  […]

Soldiers assigned to the 1st Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, await extraction via a CH-47 Chinook, Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.

Khaleel Yasir – a proud American citizen and Californian – watched the recent airlifts of refugees from Kabul, Afghanistan, with a greater understanding than perhaps the rest of us. He once had been in the same position himself—a refugee and an interpreter whose family would have remained in grave danger, and possibly faced death had […]