Author Archives: Jeff Jardine

PHoto of a northern California stream running through high mountain with a Native American face in the center of the space.

CALVET WEBINAR TO FOCUS ON EDUCATING VETERANS SERVICE PROVIDERS IN OUTREACH TO NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS IN CALIFORNIA

Last December, the Yurok Tribal Council declared a state of emergency, due to the high number of missing persons and attempted human trafficking incidents that have occurred in Humboldt County. CalVet’s Minority and Underrepresented Veterans Division will host a webinar to expand awareness of this emergency and convene a panel of experts to inform veteran […]

The face of Martin Luther King during the March on Washington.

KING’S CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT INVOLVED MANY TRIPS TO CALIFORNIA

As we commemorate what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 93rd birthday (albeit January 15), his image forever remains etched in American history. From his “I have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, to leading the civil rights protest march to Selma, Alabama, in 1965, to his voice resonating in […]

American flag and California State flag against a blue background with text, "New State Laws."

NEW LAWS ON THE BOOKS TO BENEFIT CALIFORNIA VETERANS, FAMILIES

Some new California laws will offer the state’s 1.6 million veterans more of what they need in life and also what they might want afterward. More veterans can now obtain a CalVet Home loan at lower, more competitive interest rates. Disabled veterans’ estates will have an easier time securing local property tax exemptions. And finally, […]

Santa flying on his sleigh with the world small like a blue marble in the background.

HOW A MISTAKEN HOTLINE CALL IN THE COLD WAR ERA PUT SANTA CLAUS ON GOVERNMENT’S RADAR

Throughout today, tonight, and into early Christmas morning, children will want to know just how close the Jolly Old Red delivery guy – Santa Claus – really is to landing his sleigh and eight tiny reindeer on their rooftops. With visions of Star Wars Grogu Mandalorian plush toys and Marvel Avengers Action Figure sets dancing […]

This Ventura Veterans Home resident is showing two thumbs up while enjoying his birthday celebration.

IN THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS: KOREAN WAR VETERAN FINDS HIS BLISS AT VENTURA VETERANS HOME

Among the many things the holiday season inspires is the opportunity to count our blessings. Bobby Knaus counts his merely by reflecting where he was a year ago in setting, spirit, strength, and soundness. “I spent last Christmas alone,” the 91-year-old Korean War veteran said. “I was living in a mobile home, (in) failing health, […]

Feature art for the two Millers story, head shots of the two Navy sailors by the name of Miller at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7.

80 YEARS AGO TODAY: THE UNIQUE STORIES OF TWO MEN NAMED MILLER AT PEARL HARBOR

Eighty years ago today, 360 Japanese warplanes attacked the United States’ Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, killing more than 2,400 Americans and wounding over 1,100 others in the most horrific assault on American soil to that point in the nation’s history. So many stories told and untold, among them the tale of two sailors moored […]

Outdoor shot of a row of housing in the Windsor Village.

CALVET-ASSISTED WINDSOR VETERANS VILLAGE’S GRAND OPENING SET FOR MONDAY

Windsor Veterans Village, a new apartment complex for veterans and their families in Sonoma County, will celebrate its official grand opening during a ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 6. The first veterans moved in this August, two years after the project broke ground in July 2019. The Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention […]

A smiling veteran sits on his new Harley.

VETERANS AT CALVET’S HOMES SHARE WHAT THEY ARE THANKFUL FOR

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.

NUMBERS OFFER PERSEPCTIVE ON VETERANS DAY IN THE GOLDEN STATE

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 […]

TO 100 AND BEYOND! CENTENARIANS ABOUND AT VETERANS HOMES OF CALIFORNIA

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 […]