Multiple photos of ongoing construction work at the Yountville Veterans Home.

Yountville – Of the veterans, by the veterans, for the veterans. The fingerprints of United States military veterans can and will be found all over the new $269 million, 240-bed skilled nursing facility and memory care center at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville, from the project’s conception to its eventual occupancy. Leadership at the California […]

Rendering of the soon to be built Yountville Skilled Nursing Facility.

When the new skilled nursing facility opens at the Veterans Homes of California-Yountville (VHC-Yountville) in early 2024, it will provide more than a modern state-of-the-art skilled nursing facility (SNF) to replace the 90-year-old Nelson M. Holderman Hospital across the street. The $269 million, 240-bed facility will also bring a sense of relief and security to […]

Front elevation of the VHC-Fresno campus.

One went to Vietnam as an advisor, years before American forces went en masse. One had the greatest peanut butter and jelly sandwich of his life while manning a gun mount on a destroyer in the Tonkin Gulf. One tended to Vietnam War wounded at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. And another spent […]

Close up of veterans cutting a piece of cedar with a hand saw.

YOUNTVILLE – On one recent afternoon, Gordon Kirby, with a steady hand and a thin saw blade, cut a notch in a thick piece of deodor cedar destined to become a footstool or small bench. The 75-year-old Navy veteran spends his days in the woodshop of the Creative Arts Center at the Veterans Home of […]

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

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 […]

CalVet logo and a headshot of Virginia Wimmer with the American and California flags behind her.

In August 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Virginia Wimmer as CalVet’s Deputy Secretary of Women Veterans Affairs at CalVet. A veteran who spent 26 years in the United States Air Force, Wimmer left the service in 2012. She then began her new career as a veteran service officer with Solano County and then was appointed […]

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

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 […]

SeaBees Can Do patch, Calvet logo and a 1940 enlistment poster showing an illustration of navy personnel setting rivets into steel.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor drew the United States officially into World War II, the Navy determined it would need to build bases, roads, and airstrips in combat zones – and at warp speed. But who would build them? Civilian contractors who built facilities at Wake Island were captured by Japanese soldiers 15 days […]

Antwanisha Williams

Antwanisha Williamson, a CalVet Trailblazer Award recipient in October 2021, spent 18 years in the Navy, and was deployed immediately to the Middle East after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It was one of her four overseas deployments during her Navy career that included tours of duty aboard the carrier USS Carl Vinson. Likewise, […]

Picture of the US Capitol building with the words "we have the answers" written in a blue circle.

Yesterday, we offered our Presidents Day challenge: 10 questions to test your knowledge of U.S. presidents who served in some form of the military, from militias to decorated careers. Here are those questions again, with the answers: