National Nurses Day, Nurse takes the vitals of a resident in the Veterans Home of California.

In 2019, Air Force veteran and registered nurse Patricia Scott-Cook first learned about the Veterans Homes of California-Barstow, near her home 30 minutes away in Silver Lakes. She quickly applied to work there, soon hired on, and is among the 1,000-plus nursing staff members throughout CalVet’s eight Veterans Homes of California. The same can be […]

Waist high shot of veteran in front of his new home.

One day while working at CalVet headquarters in Sacramento, Craig Hollis got a call from Rod Totton, a Marine veteran and longtime personal friend. Totton expressed frustrations at his attempts to finance a home he wanted to buy in the Sacramento area. A foreclosure from more than a decade ago, along with some other issues, […]

Bob Lewis, Army veteran and veteran of movies

REDDING – As residents mulled about at the Veterans Home of California-Redding one recent day, Bob Lewis broke into song. It’s something Lewis does often, to the joy of the Home’s staff, veterans, and their spouses. Some might think they are hearing him sing for the very first time. They might be wrong. Before Lewis […]

Electronic prescription system implemented through California Veterans Homes before January 1, 2022 deadline.

Early in December 2021, CalVet unveiled its new e-Prescribe software system that streamlined the process of prescribing medications for the more than 1,700 veteran residents and their spouses living at the eight Veterans Homes of California. It became the first element of CalVet’s Electronic Health Records Program (CEHR) to go live. All regular medication orders […]

Multiple photos of ongoing construction work at the Yountville Veterans Home.

Yountville – Of the veterans, by the veterans, for the veterans. The fingerprints of United States military veterans can and will be found all over the new $269 million, 240-bed skilled nursing facility and memory care center at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville, from the project’s conception to its eventual occupancy. Leadership at the California […]

Rendering of the soon to be built Yountville Skilled Nursing Facility.

When the new skilled nursing facility opens at the Veterans Homes of California-Yountville (VHC-Yountville) in early 2024, it will provide more than a modern state-of-the-art skilled nursing facility (SNF) to replace the 90-year-old Nelson M. Holderman Hospital across the street. The $269 million, 240-bed facility will also bring a sense of relief and security to […]

Front elevation of the VHC-Fresno campus.

One went to Vietnam as an advisor, years before American forces went en masse. One had the greatest peanut butter and jelly sandwich of his life while manning a gun mount on a destroyer in the Tonkin Gulf. One tended to Vietnam War wounded at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. And another spent […]

Close up of veterans cutting a piece of cedar with a hand saw.

YOUNTVILLE – On one recent afternoon, Gordon Kirby, with a steady hand and a thin saw blade, cut a notch in a thick piece of deodor cedar destined to become a footstool or small bench. The 75-year-old Navy veteran spends his days in the woodshop of the Creative Arts Center at the Veterans Home of […]

CalVet logo, Medal of Honor, military headshot of Holderman.

When the new $269 million skilled nursing facility opens at the Veterans Homes of California-Yountville, it will replace in function one of the campus’ oldest buildings, named for a true icon in the Napa Valley community and beyond. From the moment it opened in 1932, what later became the Nelson M (for Miles) Holderman Hospital […]

CalVet logo and a headshot of Virginia Wimmer with the American and California flags behind her.

In August 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Virginia Wimmer as CalVet’s Deputy Secretary of Women Veterans Affairs at CalVet. A veteran who spent 26 years in the United States Air Force, Wimmer left the service in 2012. She then began her new career as a veteran service officer with Solano County and then was appointed […]