Category Veterans

THE BLAST FELT ALL THE WAY TO NEVADA: PORT CHICAGO EXPLOSION KILLED 320 SAILORS IN 1944

“The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” at Concord, Massachusetts in 1775 led to the deaths of eight Americans and increased the already heavy tensions between the colonists and the British as the Revolutionary War approached. Most Americans learned about it in elementary school. Fast-forward to another blast not found in school textbooks. This one happened […]

BLANCHFIELD A TRAILBLAZER FOR ALL WOMEN OFFICERS

More than 40,000 women currently serve as officers in the United States military, and they have Florence A. Blanchfield to thank for that. Why? Because 73 years ago today – and shortly after Congress passed the Army-Navy Nurses Act of 1947 she worked so hard to create – Blanchfield became the first permanent woman officer […]

BROTHERS IN ARMS, BROTHERS IN PARADISE: REBUILDING FROM THE CAMP FIRE DEVASTATION

On the morning of November 8, 2018, as Shane Murray drove from his new home in Paradise to work in Oroville, he looked into his rear-view mirror and saw a plume of smoke billowing against an otherwise azure sky. By the time he told his boss he needed to return home to evacuate – that […]

SHIELDING VETERANS AND STAFF AT VETERANS HOMES OF CALIFORNIA GETS A BOOST FROM PPE-MAKING MODESTO JUNIOR COLLEGE GROUP

Staff members at the eight Veterans Homes of California have spent the past three months trying to keep the coronavirus COVID-19 out of the Homes. Most personal protective equipment (PPE) has been available when it comes to gloves, gowns, and masks, including masks made by big-hearted co-workers and volunteers at the various Homes. But, two […]

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 […]

COUNT OFF – VETERANS HAVE REAL INVESTMENT IN ANSWERING CENSUS 2020

It’s time for all California veterans to be counted! This week (March 30-April 3) is U.S. Census Week. Participation is mandated by law for everyone living in the United States and its five territories. The federal Census Bureau and California All Census 2020 simply need you to answer a short survey, which you can do […]

FORMER CALVET UNDERSECRETARY UMBERG HELPED MAKE HISTORY AS ARMY’S CULTURE INVOLVING WOMEN BEGAN TO CHANGE IN 1970’s

As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) can look in its own storied history to find women who have made great contributions in the military, and to the agency itself. Retired Brigadier General Robin Umberg is one of them. She broke ground for other women in the […]

RETIRED ARMY NURSE, WOMEN VETERANS ADVOCATE HAS STORY TO TELL EVEN THOUGH VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY EVENT NIXED BY COVID-19

Kate O’Hare-Palmer planned to come to the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sacramento on Sunday for what she and other Vietnam veterans has seen grow into an annual day of respect.  Instead, the former Army nurse, who chairs the Vietnam Veterans Association of America’s Women Veterans Committee, will stay home in Petaluma like other Californians […]

AWARD-WINNING VETERANS CEMETERY AT SEASIDE BREAKING GROUND ON EXPANSION THAT WILL OFFER IN-GROUND BURIALS

SEASIDE – Since the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery opened in 2016, only the columbaria for cremains has been available at the 79-acre property that once was part of the Fort Ord Army base. That will change in 2021, when Phase II is completed and in-ground burials can begin at the cemetery operated by the […]