Category Benefits

CALVET’S WEBINARS KEEP INFORMATION FLOWING DESPITE COVID-19 CLOSURES

Over six years ago, CalVet began offering a series of webinars to provide information important to California veterans and their families. While important then, they are even more vital today. Consequently, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and effectively shut down in-person outreach and veterans events, CalVet already had the experience, technology, and audience to expand […]

CLIENT’S DETERMINATION, DEDICATION TO HER FAMILY DREW AGENT’S RESPECT, ADMIRATION, AND A CALVET HOME LOAN

Nearly two dozen photographs adorn a wall next to Lesa Walker’s desk in CalVet’s Home Loans Division in Sacramento. Each picture is special to Walker, who joined CalVet as an associate property agent in 2014. They are photos of veterans and their families who became clients, but also became her friends, her extended family, her […]

Veterans faring well in California’s longest job growth streak in decades

Labor Day – the day America celebrates its workers – offers an opportunity to see how our military veterans are doing in the California labor market. The answer? Quite well, it seems. The number of unemployed veterans in California declined from 65,200 to 20,800 between October 2015 and October 2018. The labor force, whether for […]

28th Annual Sacramento Stand Down ready to give military veterans a boost

In times of war, the term “stand down” represents a break. A break from the fighting. A chance to eat a hot meal, to sleep on a cot instead of the ground, and maybe to get a shower. Some time to regroup, to decompress, and to rejuvenate before heading back into the fray. Some veterans […]

Veterans with CalVet home loans among those sorting out their futures in Paradise

Navy veteran Jim Davis saw an ominous sky as he headed out to the woodwork shop at his home in Paradise one morning in November 2018. “A really strange cloud,” he said. Davis sensed immediately that it soon would be raining fire, not water. He packed up what he could, then quickly left his property. […]

CalVet wins 2019 Abraham Lincoln Pillar of Excellence Award

Last week, CalVet Secretary Vito Imbasciani and Deputy Secretary for Veterans Services Keith Boylan attended the mid-winter conference of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C. They were presented with the 2019 Abraham Lincoln Pillar of Excellence Award in Innovation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the California […]

Immediate resources available for those affected by the government shutdown

The partial federal government shutdown is now the longest ever, and it is affecting many veterans and their families in California. CalVet is sharing resources to assist federal workers during this shutdown. EDD provides assistance to furloughed employees At the direction of Governor Gavin Newsom, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) is streamlining the processing […]

California State Parks offers Free Admission at 144 State Parks this Monday, Nov. 12

This Monday, Nov. 12, California State Parks will offer free admission to 144 state parks in observance of Veterans Day and as a sign of gratitude to the service of veterans, as well as active and reserve personnel to our nation. Veterans, active duty and reserve military must show a valid military ID in order […]

Insight into incredible veteran benefits of a CalVet Farm and Home Loan

Established in 1921, following the return of soldiers from World War I, the CalVet Home Loan program was created to ensure U.S. servicemembers were given an opportunity to find affordable housing in California. What started as a gesture of gratitude is now a competitive, excellent veteran home loan program that is still going strong 97 […]

CalVet Supports Veterans Living in Fire-Affected Areas

People throughout California are feeling the impacts of more than a dozen major wildfires, whether directly through evacuations and loss of property, or indirectly through smoke-filled skies and hazy conditions. On July 25, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a state of emergency for Riverside and Shasta counties due to the Cranston and Carr fires. A […]