Category Veterans Homes

COVID-19 CAN’T STOP ELKS FROM DOING GOOD FOR RESIDENTS AT VETERANS HOME IN FRESNO

As they have done over the past several years, members of Fresno Elks Lodge 439 planned to host a St. Patrick’s Day party for residents of the Veterans Homes of California-Fresno. They invited the veterans and their spouses to the Lodge for a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner in March. Then, just nine days […]

BUTTONS HELP TO BUTTON DOWN YOUNTVILLE VETERANS HOME FROM COVID-19

In early March, with the coronavirus COVID-19’s pandemic trespass into the United States well under way, the administrator of Veterans Home of California-Yountville (VHC-Yountville),  Lisa Peake met with groups of the employees. She wanted to address their fears, and to tell them how vital they are to the existence of the Home and its veterans. […]

MEET THE WOMEN BEHIND THE MASKS THAT ARE KEEPING FOLKS SAFER FROM COVID-19 IN LANCASTER

When times get tough, the tough get sewing.​ That certainly has happened all over the country, where people are making masks to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus COVID-19. And that is what’s happening at the Veterans Home of California-Lancaster, where one employee, along with another employee’s wife are among those making masks for […]

VETERAN BRINGS IN BUNNIES, BEARS BY THE BUNCHES TO BOOST MORALE AT VETERANS HOME OF CALIFORNIA-BARSTOW

The Easter bunny arrived at the Veterans Home of California-Barstow last Sunday. So did the Easter bear. The Easter bear? Hey, tough times require a bit of innovation and some adjustment, right? Veteran and resident Michael Kennedy accomplished both when he brought more than 200 of these stuffed critters into the Home to lift the […]

MAIL CALL GIVES EMOTIONAL BOOST TO VETERANS AT CALVET HOME IN CHULA VISTA AS COVID-19 PROHIBITS VISITATION

“Mail call!” Two of the sweetest words any service member could ever hear. It meant hearing from a friend or family member, someone who was encouraging and could lift your spirits. It meant receiving a “care package” of items unavailable wherever you were, or your favorite home-baked cookies for which you savored for days and […]

VIDEO BY DODGERS’ TURNER A BOOST TO RESIDENTS AND STAFF AT VETERANS HOMES OF CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles Dodgers’ all-star third baseman Justin Turner made headlines last week when he suggested using a home-run derby to decide extra innings games. Turner hit a bigger home run, though, when he recorded a pep talk video to the residents and staff at the Veterans Home of California-Ventura. And he ask that it be […]

RESIDENTS OF VETERANS HOMES IN VENTURA CAN TALK WITH DOCS WITHOUT VENTURING AWAY FROM HOME AS COVID-19 THREAT PERVADES

With the fight to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 in full force, veterans and their spouses living in the Veterans Home of California-Ventura (VHC-Ventura) can greatly reduce their risk of exposure, thanks to the Home’s participation in the TeleHealth Program. With the doctor live online in his or her office, and the resident […]

COLD NIGHT IN FRANCE BEGAN MEDICAL, MILITARY MARCH ACROSS EUROPE IN WWII FOR ARMY NURSE, NOW 100

FRESNO – In the fall of 1944, just a few months after the Normandy invasion, Jane Boote endured a night she’s never forgotten. “That first night in France was the coldest night of my life,” the 100-year-old Army veteran and career nurse recalled. “The GIs thought they were doing us a favor by giving us […]

HOW VIRTUAL REALITY BENEFITS CALVET HOMES RESIDENTS

Virtual reality (VR) can give memory care patients in CalVet homes a look back into their lives or help them see the world. Robert, a 90-year-old Navy veteran, peered into a pair of goggles and saw the Great Wall of China in all of its VR glory. “I’ve been there,” he said. “The Great Wall […]

King’s impacts on the civil rights movement still alive nearly 52 years after his death

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 91 years old this past week. A man who preached peace and equality through non-violent protest, who received the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, and who spoke out forthrightly against the Vietnam War, died in a most violent way when he was shot by an assassin at the […]