Category Benefits

ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS, OTHER FEDERAL LANDS NOW FREE TO ALL VETERANS, GOLD STAR FAMILIES

Veterans of the United States military, along with those who lost family members, can now enter Yosemite, Yellowstone, or any other national park in the United States at no charge. Once available only to disabled veterans, the benefit expanded to all veterans and Gold Star families beginning Veterans Day 2020, and available at more than […]

AT 90, ARMY VETERAN REMAINS ONE OF CALVET’S MOST MATURE AND SATISFIED HOME LOAN CLIENTS

Army veteran Tom Britzman remembered the way CalVet stood behind his in-laws when a levee broke and the Feather River flooded their Yuba City home at Christmastime in 1955. “My (World War I veteran) father-in-law and mother-in-law had four feet of water in their home,” Britzman said. “CalVet took care of getting their house redone.” […]

CALVET TO HONOR WOMEN VETERANS WITH TRAILBLAZER AWARDS IN VIRTUAL EVENT

Four women veterans will be honored virtually on Wednesday, October 21 during the annual 2020 Women Veterans Reception taking place from 6-7:30 p.m. The veterans will be recognized for their leadership and noteworthy impact on their communities with the annual California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) Trailblazer Award. The 2020 awardees are: Cecilia Salazar of […]

NEW LAW WILL MAKE IT EASIER TO GET DISABLED VETERAN LICENSE PLATES, PLACARDS IN 2021

Beginning January 1, 2021, qualifying disabled veterans will have an easier process to follow when requesting special Disabled Veteran license plates or distinguishing placards from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Currently, a disabled veteran in California obtains the plates by securing a disability certification from a medical professional or from the U.S. Department […]

IN 100th YEAR OF LENDING, ACCESS TO CALVET HOME LOAN HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER

You are a veteran wanting to purchase or build a home in California. A first-timer nervous about the process? Or, your credit rating is a bit spotty, perhaps? Relax. You served your nation. The California Department of Veterans Affairs’ experienced and dedicated Home Loans staff stands ready to serve you, just as they have helped […]

9/11 ATTACKS CHANGED MANY THINGS IN AMERICA, INCLUDING THE GI BILL

Nineteen years ago today, the terrorists’ attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City and on the Pentagon changed America forever. The first attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor killed 2,977 people and injured 6,000 others. The attacks set off a range of emotions, from the initial shock of the devastation and the […]

CALVET HOME LOANS PROGRAM GETS KUDOS FROM VETERAN CLIENT AND CONTRACTOR, TOO

U.S. Navy veteran Jonna Padgett knew CalVet’s Home Loans Program existed, but had never taken advantage of the program. Contractor Greg Garbolinsky of Aristotle Custom Homes was aware of the program, though he was relatively new to the state and had not yet built a home for a veteran in California. Even so, he encouraged […]

CALVET READY TO HELP VETERANS AFFECTED BY WILDFIRES

As Californians once again begin to recover from catastrophic wildfires throughout the state, the California Department of Veterans Affairs stands ready to assist veterans affected by the blazes. Click here to visit CalVet’s wildfires page, which provides important information, including a list of Local Assistance Centers open in affected areas, links, and contacts for veterans. […]

ANSWERS TO VETERANS’ BENEFITS QUESTIONS JUST A CLICK AWAY WITH CALVET’S UPDATED RESOURCE BOOK

Are you a service member or among the nearly 1.6 million veterans living in California? Do you want to buy a home? Do you want to return to school or find a new career in the civilian world? Do you need help navigating the VA’s medical system, or need information about any of your other […]

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 […]