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The red, white, and blue blur of U.S. Flag Code etiquette

As we celebrate our nation’s 243rd birthday this Fourth of July, our patriotism will be evident with parades, picnics, patio barbecues, and pyrotechnics. So proudly we will hail, amid a sea of star-spangled banners. But in these heartfelt salutes to Old Glory, many might first want to familiarize themselves with the “dos” and “don’ts” of […]

PTSD Awareness Day: Veteran talks about his PTSD, urges others to do the same

It took some time, but Chuck Woodson learned what many veterans and others dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) eventually come to accept: that the first step in dealing with the disorder is being able to talk about it. The 75-year-old Aptos resident and Army veteran left the military after fighting in Vietnam in the […]

Nation’s oldest veterans home gets new look as 400 volunteers converge on Yountville

YOUNTVILLE – Areas of the nation’s oldest and largest veterans home just got a great new look and new facilities on June 19, thanks to more than 400 volunteers from Home Depot, Habitat for Humanity, the Tug McGraw Foundation, the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership, and others. They gave the 135-year-old Veterans Home of […]

GI Bill’s 75th anniversary hits home for Valley veterans, CalVet

Like so many others who left the military for civilian life, Arthur Matedne wanted to return to college. The Navy veteran from Stockton was aware of the GI Bill and that he should take advantage of his earned benefits, but knew little about them. “Not a lot at all,” said Matedne, a 32-year-old who spent […]

Commander backs LGBTQ troops serving in CA National Guard

While the Trump Administration in effect has ordered the Department of Defense to ban transgender troops from serving in the U.S. military, LGBTQ troops in the California National Guard have a staunch defender in their Deputy Adjutant General, Major General Matthew Beevers. Headquartered in Sacramento, Beevers said he clearly values the service of transgender troops, […]

CalVet co-sponsoring Tribal Veteran Advocate training in Coarsegold

Nearly half of the American Indian and Alaska Native tribal leaders, have served in the American military. With 109 federally recognized tribes, California is home to a large number of Native American veterans; but they are dramatically underserved as a population. “Upon their return from duty, they aren’t likely to seek out assistance or benefits,” […]

CalVet Secretary to speak at blessing of statue honoring American Indians and Alaska Natives on Memorial Day

Vito Imbasciani MD, Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs will be among the speakers at the blessing of a larger-than-life-size statue honoring American Indian and Alaska Native U.S. military veterans in Riverside on Memorial Day. The dedication and blessing will begin at the Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, California, at […]

Putting the “In Memory of” back into Memorial Day

The Northern California Veterans Cemetery rests on a hillcrest in the small community of Igo, near Redding. A row of U.S. flags greets visitors as they pass through the gates. With Mount Lassen offering a spectacular backdrop, the lawns are green and lush. Headstones stand in precise rows. Operated by the California Department of Veterans […]

Major John E. Cleckner left legacy of veteran advocacy in Northern California

REDDING – Retired Major John E. Cleckner, Sr., who matched his decorated career in Army Special Forces with a lifelong dedication in retirement to helping military veterans, died May 11 in Redding. He was 81. Cleckner served 22 years, two months in the Infantry, including tours of duty in Vietnam. He received a Purple Heart […]

Expo in Fresno to teach disabled veterans business owners how to get state and federal contracts

David Ruiz of Fresno served as a cryptologist aboard the USS Midway during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-80. When he left the Navy years later, he realized that the words coming out of other people’s mouths seemed somewhat cryptic to him. Hearing loss will do that. “Tinnitus,” he said. He waited for years to […]