Category Veteran Housing

CalVet Home Loans client and Army veteran M. Dust and his family.

CALVET HOME LOANS TEAM PROVIDES CALMING INFLUENCE, HAPPINESS FOR VETERAN STRESSED BY FINANCING SNAFU

CalVet Home Loans client and Army veteran Mark Dust will tell you that a bomb in the road in Iraq in 2005 and the bombshell news he encountered last month each wracked his nerves similarly. In 2005, infantryman Dust rode on the hood of a Humvee that suffered major damage, avoiding obliteration only because the […]

Rendering of the soon to be built Yountville Skilled Nursing Facility.

VETS SAY WORK ON NEW SKILLED NURSING FACILITY AT YOUNTVILLE HOME ENCOURAGING AFTER TWO YEARS OF COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

When the new skilled nursing facility opens at the Veterans Homes of California-Yountville (VHC-Yountville) in early 2024, it will provide more than a modern state-of-the-art skilled nursing facility (SNF) to replace the 90-year-old Nelson M. Holderman Hospital across the street. The $269 million, 240-bed facility will also bring a sense of relief and security to […]

Close up of veterans cutting a piece of cedar with a hand saw.

TIME CAPSULE BOX FOR NEW SKILLED NURSING FACILITY PROJECT IN BEST OF HANDS

YOUNTVILLE – On one recent afternoon, Gordon Kirby, with a steady hand and a thin saw blade, cut a notch in a thick piece of deodor cedar destined to become a footstool or small bench. The 75-year-old Navy veteran spends his days in the woodshop of the Creative Arts Center at the Veterans Home of […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fireworks

HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY TO CALVET’S HOME LOAN PROGRAM!

As birthdays go, this is a big one: the 100th of the California Department of Veterans Affairs’ Home Loan Program. On May 30, 1921, the California Veterans Farm and Home Loan program was signed into law by Governor William Stephens to assist and reward the state’s military veterans. Beginning with the first loan that closed […]

HEROES IN OUR HOMES — BREAKING THE CYCLE OF BOREDOM

CalVet Connect highlights another hero among the staff members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in caring for our veterans and their spouses at our Veterans Homes of California during the COVID-19 pandemic. BREAKING THE CYCLE OF BOREDOM WITH A DRIVE-BY PARADE Washing hands. Wearing a mask. Watching your distance. These […]

IN THEIR HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: ANOTHER CALVET SUCCESS STORY

A few weeks ago, U.S. Army veteran Eric Ornelas and his September bride, Marie, went shopping for lights and other Christmas decorations. For some homeowners, that means picking up more LED strings as they strive to make their homes visible from the International Space Station. Others might scour the clearance racks after the holidays to […]

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.” […]