Guardian Dragon is Best in Show at San Diego County Fair

What do you get when a military veteran is also a veteran woodcrafter? In Alisa Shvorin’s case, plenty of ribbons. A Vietnam War-era Air Force veteran and resident at the Veterans Homes of California-Chula Vista, Shvorin won two major awards during the 2022 San Diego County Fair that concluded on the Fourth of July.

U.S. Marines play music during a ceremony.

Happy rebirth-day to the United States Marine Corps! Rebirth-day? Let us explain. The Marine Corps traditionally celebrates its birthday on November 10 each year, recognizing the decision by the Second Continental Congress in 1775 to establish two battalions of Marines. They were known then as the Continental Marines, because the United States was still in […]

Graphic of John Hancock including his signature.

Granted, this was more prevalent in the days before electronic digital signatures, but you’ve probably heard the term at some point: “Sign your John Hancock right here!” As we celebrate the United States of America’s 246th birthday, no signature on the Declaration of Independence – our first Hallmark moment – stands out bigger, bolder and […]

CalVet Home Loans client and Army veteran M. Dust and his family.

CalVet Home Loans client and Army veteran Mark Dust will tell you that a bomb in the road in Iraq in 2005 and the bombshell news he encountered last month each wracked his nerves similarly. In 2005, infantryman Dust rode on the hood of a Humvee that suffered major damage, avoiding obliteration only because the […]

Participants at the Operation Dress Code event.

They came. They browsed. They contoured. More than 70 women veterans and servicemembers enjoyed a day of boutique-style shopping and preparing for success as civilians during CalVet’s Northern California Operation Dress Code in Walnut Creek. The women combed through racks of donated blazers, pants, blouses, dresses, and other business-quality clothing to wear to job interviews […]

U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Misheff flies the American flag from the back of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter over southern Kandahar province.

On the surface, it seems only fitting that June 14 represents both the United States Army’s birthday and Flag Day. After all, it’s difficult to envision one without the other. However, as compatible as they might be, pure coincidence offers the best explanation of why both are celebrated on June 14. Consider: On June 14, […]

Words only, AAPI Heritage Month.

As Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month concludes, CalVet would like to introduce two distinguished American military veterans. Erin Dacumos Khanna attended the United States Air Force Academy, graduating in 2002 before embarking on a military career during which she rose to the rank of captain. Fessal Aziz served in the U.S. Marine Corps […]

American flags blowing in the breeze.

Near the small community of Weed, just 25 miles from the Oregon border, the Living Gardens Sculpture Memorial stands with Mount Shasta as a spectacular backdrop. Dedicated in 1994, its Memorial Wall bears the names of those from Siskiyou County who died while defending our nation and its Constitution. Some 870 miles south and just […]

A photo of flowers set up against inurnments at the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery.

On a cool and windy recent May morning, Catherine Figueroa donned a camouflage coat and ball cap as she arrived at the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery in Seaside. She drove to the top of the hill, to the Columbarium that contains the ashes of her husband, Army veteran Pedro Figueroa, who died in October […]

Deputy Secretary Virginia Wimmer speaks to a reporter regarding the launch of the clothing drive.

Operation Dress Code is now accepting donations of new and gently used business clothing and accessories to distribute to women veterans during a boutique event in Walnut Creek on June 11. CalVet Women Veterans Affairs is organizing the clothing drive and one-day boutique event. First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom helped kick off this year’s effort. […]