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

CALVET’S ANNUAL WOMEN VETERANS RECEPTION, TRAILBLAZER AWARDS SET – VIRTUALLY – FOR OCTOBER 27

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..

STATE PARKS AND RECREATION AREAS FREE TO DISTINGUISHED VETERAN PASS HOLDERS

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 […]

Virginia Wimmer, new deputy secretary Women Veterans Affairs

WIMMER NAMED TO HEAD CALVET’S WOMEN VETERANS AFFAIRS DIVISION

Virginia Wimmer spent 26 years in the United States Air Force, holding a wide variety of duties that “made me a better airman,” she said. Upon retiring from the military out of Travis Air Force Base in 2012, she began her career working with longtime Solano County Veterans Service Officer Ted Puntillo as a veteran […]

Homeowner prepping house for ribbon cutting ceremony.

A RED-RIBBON (CUTTING) DAY FOR VETERAN, FAMILY IN NEW MERCED HOME

Veteran Glenn Friedlander wrapped several strands of ribbon around the column and across the walkway leading to a brand-new home in Merced one recent morning. Then, wife Charilyn tied on a big bow as their 10-year-old son Kiero played with baby daughter Zaniah Joy. Consider it a red-ribbon moment for the Friedlander family. Moments later, […]

A group photo of the Hutchenson family.

SAN DIEGO-AREA VET, FAMILY FOUND A BETTER WAY WITH CALVET LOAN

Since 1921, more than 426,000 California veterans have enjoyed a better option. Builders or real estate agents will point them toward CalVet, where they can take advantage of its bond-allocated program for veterans and great customer service from skilled and caring loan originators and staff. And depending upon the market conditions, they often find better […]

Dog holding card that says 100 years.

THE NUMBERS ADD UP TO A CENTURY OF CALVET’S HOME LOAN SUCCESSES

We habitually rely on numbers to gauge our successes.  CalVet’s Home Loan Program has run up some pretty impressive ones: 100 years of helping California’s veterans realize the great American dream of home ownership. More than 425,000 veterans have taken advantage of CalVet funding since the California State Legislature created the program and Governor William […]

U.S. Army battalion during WWI.

CALVET’S FIRST HOME LOAN CLIENT: ‘THE BRAVEST MAN IN LOS ANGELES’

In August 1930, Los Angeles Times columnist Lee Shippey went to visit the “bravest man in Los Angeles” and who “lives in a pretty cottage at No. 309 North Townsend Street.” That man was Owen Myers, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Company C, 1st Machine Gun Battalion, First Division, in France during World […]

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH AND CALVET HOME LOAN SUCCESS STORIES ALL ROLLED INTO ONE

During Women’s History Month each March, CalVet Connect tells the stories of some exceptional women veterans who live in the Golden State. This year, CalVet’s Home Loans program turns 100 years old, giving us opportunities to write about our veteran clients as well. Eboni Strader represents both. She’s a disabled U.S. Army veteran and single […]

Veteran Kenneth James went from living on Skid Row to owning a home thanks to CalVet Home Loans.

FROM SKID ROW TO HOME OWNERSHIP: ANOTHER CALVET HOME LOAN SUCCESS STORY

Kenneth James is happy with his new neighbors. So what if some have four legs and antlers and others use their rattles to let him know they are visiting? As long as they follow social distancing protocols, they are welcome around his home in Bear Valley Springs, near Tehachapi, in the mountains southeast of Bakersfield. […]

NEARING THE CENTURY MARK, CALVET HOME LOANS SHARES THE SECRETS TO SUCCESS

For nearly 100 years CalVet Home Loans has helped veterans build, rebuild, and own homes, and it will continue to do so for well into the future.