Category Veterans Homes

Group shot of the Veterans Division team at the CalVet Leadership Summit 2022.

VETERANS DAY IN THE BOOKS? AT CALVET, EVERY DAY IS A NEW PAGE WHEN IT COMES TO SERVING THEM

The parades and picnics are over. Speeches made and proclamations read. The American flags that lined the streets throughout the country and California are neatly folded, stored until the next national holiday. Veterans Day – America’s annual day of thanking veterans for defending this country and the freedoms our Constitution guarantees – is in the […]

A photo of the award that Julian Bond received from CalPers.

CALVET’S VENTURA HOME ADMINISTRATOR BOND HONORED BY CALPERS WITH SPOTLIGHT ON EXCELLENCE AWARD

Julian Bond, administrator of CalVet’s Veterans Homes of California-Ventura, received the 2022 Spotlight on Excellence Award by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). The annual award emphasizes the importance of public sector work. It is peer nominated, giving employees of CalPERS contracting agencies the chance to highlight those in their own agencies who go […]

The American and Californian flags.

CALVET’S VETERANS DAY POSTER DEFINES OUR MISSION AND PURPOSE

As a nation, we rely upon our armed forces to protect and defend the Constitution and the rights and freedoms it guarantees. Our servicemembers risk their lives for the reward of maintaining our democracy; even putting this solemn duty ahead of their own wellbeing, families, and loved ones. Yet, over the decades, veterans have had […]

Head shot of Shadowdancer Ortega Melendez, Chumash native and U.S. veteran.

CELEBRATING NATIVE AMERICAN DAY AT CAPITOL TODAY, AND EVERY DAY AT VENTURA VETERANS HOME

Today, hundreds of Native Americans representing many tribes and nations throughout California will converge on the State Capitol’s West Lawn to celebrate their heritage, cultures, and contributions. What began under Governor Culbert Olsen as “Indian Day” in 1939, became “California Indian Day” under Governor Ronald Reagan in 1968, is now “California Native American Day.” It […]

Photo of Cheryl Cardoza, Veterans Homes of California-Fresno

FRESNO VETERANS HOME EMPLOYEE PUTS HER EMERGENCY TRAINING TO USE AT CRASH SCENE IN JUNE

One afternoon late in June, Cheryl Cardoza noticed a plume of dust rising above the road as she drove along Avenue 12 in Madera County.  She was headed home from running some errands on her first day of vacation. Dust in the summer generally suggests that farmers are working in the almond, peach, or pistachio […]

A toddler wearing a yellow dress made from the fabric of a WWII parachute.

Parachute that Brought Supplies to American Pows Now Dressing up Display at Redding Veterans Home

A yellow toddler’s dress might be the last thing you’d expect to find showcased at a veterans home. Photographs, medals, battlefield souvenirs, or old newspaper clippings? Sure. But a little yellow silk dress? Yet, there is displayed in the Hall of Honor deep inside the Veterans Homes of California-Redding, on loan from the family of […]

Guardian Dragon is Best in Show at San Diego County Fair

CHULA VISTA VETERAN ‘DRAGONS’ HOME A SLEW OF RIBBONS FROM SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR

What do you get when a military veteran is also a veteran woodcrafter? In Alisa Shvorin’s case, plenty of ribbons. A Vietnam War-era Air Force veteran and resident at the Veterans Homes of California-Chula Vista, Shvorin won two major awards during the 2022 San Diego County Fair that concluded on the Fourth of July.

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 […]

National Nurses Day, Nurse takes the vitals of a resident in the Veterans Home of California.

NATIONAL NURSES WEEK BEGINS WITH VETERANS HELPING VETERANS

In 2019, Air Force veteran and registered nurse Patricia Scott-Cook first learned about the Veterans Homes of California-Barstow, near her home 30 minutes away in Silver Lakes. She quickly applied to work there, soon hired on, and is among the 1,000-plus nursing staff members throughout CalVet’s eight Veterans Homes of California. The same can be […]

Bob Lewis, Army veteran and veteran of movies

FROM THE BIG SCREEN TO REDDING’S VETERANS HOME: ARMY VET’S VOICE STILL MUSIC TO THEIR EARS

REDDING – As residents mulled about at the Veterans Home of California-Redding one recent day, Bob Lewis broke into song. It’s something Lewis does often, to the joy of the Home’s staff, veterans, and their spouses. Some might think they are hearing him sing for the very first time. They might be wrong. Before Lewis […]