Category Veterans Homes

CalVet logo, Medal of Honor, military headshot of Holderman.

AS NEW YOUNTVILLE SKILLED NURSING FACILITY RISES, CALVET REMEMBERS THE NAMESAKE OF THE ONE IT WILL REPLACE

When the new $269 million skilled nursing facility opens at the Veterans Homes of California-Yountville, it will replace in function one of the campus’ oldest buildings, named for a true icon in the Napa Valley community and beyond. From the moment it opened in 1932, what later became the Nelson M (for Miles) Holderman Hospital […]

Front elevation drawing of the soon to be built Yountville Veterans Home skilled nursing facility.

TWO WOMEN VETERAN INNOVATORS LEFT THEIR MARKS ON YOUNTVILLE VETERANS HOME

As construction begins in earnest on the new $269 million skilled nursing facility at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville, CalVet recognizes and remembers two remarkable women who left their imprints on the 138-year-old campus. Mary Dunaway helped it grow in the 1950s. Virginia Mae Days, the only woman to lead the California Department of Veterans […]

The cover of a hand made card that reads Happy Valentines Day.

REDDING HOME’S CUPID CREW OFFERING HEARTFELT VALENTINE’S DAY WISHES TO OTHER SENIORS

A card. A message. A gift of friendship. It doesn’t matter that it will go to a total stranger. To the members of the Cupid Crew at the Veterans Home of California-Redding, giving bits of their time and selves to someone who might have no one is satisfying, even if they never get to know […]

Security officer at the front desk of the Veterans Home reads a copy of the Eagle Falls Gazette.

RESURRECTED NEWSLETTER GOES ‘VIRAL’ AT BARSTOW VETERANS HOME

Like so many of the other veterans and residents living in CalVet’s eight Veterans Homes of California, the folks at the Barstow Home found the pandemic and its safety protocols to be, well, restricting. It meant spending lots of time in their rooms, unable to visit with family and friends because the Homes were in […]

Resident veterans at the Ventura Veterans Home wearing their gold pins on red shirts.

‘RUPTURED DUCK’ HONORABLE DISCHARGE PINS FINDING LAPELS IN CALVET’S VETERANS HOMES

A few weeks ago, the Veterans Home of California-Ventura received a phone call from Lou Zayas, junior commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart chapter in Georgia. Zayas wanted to know the number of World War II veterans living at the Ventura Home. He wanted to send each one a “Ruptured Duck” lapel […]

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 […]

A smiling veteran sits on his new Harley.

VETERANS AT CALVET’S HOMES SHARE WHAT THEY ARE THANKFUL FOR

Army veteran Charlie Ross has plenty to be thankful for. A resident of the Veterans Home of California-Barstow, Charlie is among the veterans living at a CalVet Home who shared their blessings with us as we prepare for Thanksgiving Day and dinner with all of the trimmings. Charlie’s story is one of giving and receiving, […]

TO 100 AND BEYOND! CENTENARIANS ABOUND AT VETERANS HOMES OF CALIFORNIA

With Veterans Day upon us, CalVet pays tribute to the 23 enduring and endearing veterans and other residents whose ages require triple digits, and who live in our Veterans Homes of California throughout the state. U.S. Army veteran Warren Moose joined that very exclusive group on November 1, turning 100 years old to great fanfare […]

Vietnam veteran Michael VanCleemput at the mic of the ham radio equipment at the Veterans Homes of California-Redding.

REDDING HOME RESIDENT LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD VETS TO HAM IT UP ON AMATEUR RADIO

REDDING – Michael VanCleemput is ham radio operator who makes friends through the frequencies, and would like to do so more frequently. The 80-year-old Vietnam-era veteran and resident of the Veterans Homes of California-Redding is looking for a few good men and women to converse with over the amateur radio airwaves. He is issuing an […]