Category Veterans Homes

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 […]

Electronic prescription system implemented through California Veterans Homes before January 1, 2022 deadline.

A BIG DOSE OF TEAMWORK BRINGS SUCCESS TO CALVET’S e-PRESCRIBE PHARMACY PROGRAM AT VETERANS HOMES

Early in December 2021, CalVet unveiled its new e-Prescribe software system that streamlined the process of prescribing medications for the more than 1,700 veteran residents and their spouses living at the eight Veterans Homes of California. It became the first element of CalVet’s Electronic Health Records Program (CEHR) to go live. All regular medication orders […]

Multiple photos of ongoing construction work at the Yountville Veterans Home.

NEW SKILLED NURSING FACILITY AT YOUNTVILLE HOME WILL BE VETERAN-CENTRIC FROM THE GROUND UP

Yountville – Of the veterans, by the veterans, for the veterans. The fingerprints of United States military veterans can and will be found all over the new $269 million, 240-bed skilled nursing facility and memory care center at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville, from the project’s conception to its eventual occupancy. Leadership at the California […]

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 […]

Front elevation of the VHC-Fresno campus.

VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY: FOUR FRESNO VETERANS, FOUR DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES

One went to Vietnam as an advisor, years before American forces went en masse. One had the greatest peanut butter and jelly sandwich of his life while manning a gun mount on a destroyer in the Tonkin Gulf. One tended to Vietnam War wounded at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. And another spent […]

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 […]