Category Veterans

Memories of D-Day and beyond: Veterans Home resident got there early, stayed late

Nick Scordino seems to have a knack for notable days. A resident of the Veterans Home of California-West Los Angeles, he turned 97 years old on Memorial Day 2019. His last day in the Army Air Corps happened to be Thanksgiving Day 1945, six months after the Germans surrendered in World War II. And, according […]

Landmark riot launches LGBTQ movement. Fifty years of activism leads to LGBTQ Veterans Inclusion Forum.

June 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York. For six days in 1969, LGBTQ individuals who frequented the Stonewall Inn, a gay and lesbian bar in Manhattan’s West Village, rebelled against the harassment by the New York police who kept raiding it. They resisted, long before “resist” became a political […]

CalVet assists veterans with a pathway to citizenship

Last March, CalVet’s Minority and Underrepresented Veterans Division launched the Pathway to Citizenship program. Since that time, CalVet, along with other state agencies and community support, has been able to assist more than 60 veterans and their families with citizenship and naturalization services they have earned through their military service. “California was the first state […]

Redding Veterans Home resident featured as part of Women’s Military History Week

By Gary Moore, Public Information Officer at VHC-Redding Aptly nicknamed the Lady Tiger, Dorothy Gotlieb Picotte was a fierce multi-sport competitor in high school, a determined young woman in the military, and remains a fiery and beloved member of the Veterans Home of California – Redding to this day. Picotte grew up in the East […]

Immediate resources available for those affected by the government shutdown

The partial federal government shutdown is now the longest ever, and it is affecting many veterans and their families in California. CalVet is sharing resources to assist federal workers during this shutdown. EDD provides assistance to furloughed employees At the direction of Governor Gavin Newsom, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) is streamlining the processing […]

HOLIDAY STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR VETERANS

The holiday season can be full of fun, friends and family, but the season can also be a source of stress for veterans. Stress can affect your health and become a problem when the stress begins to feel overwhelming. Here are some tips that can assist you when the seasons stress starts to take over. […]

24 Veterans presented with Keys to their New Homes tomorrow

On Saturday, November 17, Homes 4 Families and CalVet will hold a public ceremony topresent 24 veterans and their families with keys to their new homes. “I believe in the American Dream, and for veterans, a big part of that dream is home ownership,” said CalVet Secretary Dr. Vito Imbasciani. “Through this project, CalVet and Homes 4 Families have […]

California State Parks offers Free Admission at 144 State Parks this Monday, Nov. 12

This Monday, Nov. 12, California State Parks will offer free admission to 144 state parks in observance of Veterans Day and as a sign of gratitude to the service of veterans, as well as active and reserve personnel to our nation. Veterans, active duty and reserve military must show a valid military ID in order […]

Every Day is Veterans Day at our Barstow Home

By Teresa Rochester, Public Information Officer, Veterans Home of California – Barstow As the country prepares to honor veterans on Nov. 11 this year, the staff at the Veterans Home of California in Barstow have already begun to commemorate the service of the men and women who reside there. The Home launched #veteransdayeverydayii on Nov. […]

Resident’s mural puts the ‘Home’ in West LA Veterans Home

Making our Home your own: Introducing a new series on CalVet Connect featuring artists, gardeners, crafters and other residents who make our eight state Veterans Homes their own in quite unique ways. Whether it’s an artist, or a singer, we’re here to share how our residents contribute to improving our Homes across California. We begin […]