Category Women Veterans

CalVet Women Veterans award winner Captain Elizabeth L. Hillman truly a trailblazer

In 2013, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee appointed former Air Force Captain Elizabeth L. Hillman, an expert on sexual harassment, assault, and discrimination in the military, to serve on a panel probing sexual assault in the military. The panel exposed how little progress had been made since the so-called “Tailhook” scandal of 1991, when […]

Governor Gavin Newsom appoints seven to leadership roles at CalVet

Governor Gavin Newsom announced a series of appointments this week, with the majority of them involving positions at the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Xochitl Rodriguez Murillo, 36, of Woodland, is the new deputy secretary of Minority Veterans Affairs. Murillo has a long history of public and military service.  She is the mayor of Woodland […]

California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery to receive national honor for quality

SEASIDE – The Central California Coast Veterans Cemetery (CCCVC) in Seaside has been selected to receive the prestigious Organizational Excellence Award from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA). The cemetery, which opened in 2016, is operated by the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet). It was jointly developed and constructed by the USDVA, […]

CalVet’s Veterans Homes now among nation’s best skilled nursing facilities

Before he accepted the appointment from Governor Brown to head the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) in 2015, Vito Imbasciani MD made his rounds to some of the Veterans Homes of California. “I wanted to see what I was getting myself into,” he quipped. With decades of experience as a physician, including 27 as […]

New administrator brings “will-do” attitude to Veterans Home of California-Yountville

Lisa Peake believes that whether you are sent to Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, or anywhere else, attitude makes the difference between drudgery and doable. “If you say ‘this deployment is going to be horrible,’ it will,” said Peake, who retired from the California National Guard as a “full-bird colonel” in May, ending a 30-year career in […]

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 […]

CalVet celebrates Women’s Military History Week

This week, March 18 – 24, CalVet recognizes and celebrates women veterans and their contributions to our country as part of our state’s Women’s Military History Week. Each year, the third week of March is highlighted as a time to recognize the important accomplishments of women who have served in the armed forces of the […]

Recognizing the contributions of African American Women Veterans

Women have long answered the call to defend and protect this country, yet many of their contributions have largely been unrecognized and unrewarded. During the national designation of the month of February as Black History Month, the CalVet Women Veterans Division is sending a special message to recognize and elevate the invaluable contributions of black […]

2018 Trailblazers – Women Veterans honored at annual reception in Sacramento

Teaming up with the Women Veterans Alliance and the City of Sacramento, CalVet recently celebrated the accomplishments of female veterans at their annual Women Veterans Reception in downtown Sacramento. The annual celebration was held at the Leland Stanford Mansion and served as the backdrop for four CalVet Trailblazer award-winners. This award is given annually in […]

Past, Present & Future – CalVet honors trailblazers at 2018 Women Veterans Reception

Four notable and outstanding women veterans will be honored and recognized tonight as part of the 2018 Women Veterans Reception at the Leland Stanford Mansion in downtown Sacramento. U.S. Army veteran Ann Duson of Inland Empire, U.S. Army veteran Kathy Lester of Sacramento, U.S. Air Force veteran Kiyo Sato of Sacramento, and U.S. Navy veteran […]