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. […]

National Nurses Day, Nurse takes the vitals of a resident in the Veterans Home of California.

In 2019, Air Force veteran and registered nurse Patricia Scott-Cook first learned about the Veterans Homes of California-Barstow, near her home 30 minutes away in Silver Lakes. She quickly applied to work there, soon hired on, and is among the 1,000-plus nursing staff members throughout CalVet’s eight Veterans Homes of California. The same can be […]

Waist high shot of veteran in front of his new home.

One day while working at CalVet headquarters in Sacramento, Craig Hollis got a call from Rod Totton, a Marine veteran and longtime personal friend. Totton expressed frustrations at his attempts to finance a home he wanted to buy in the Sacramento area. A foreclosure from more than a decade ago, along with some other issues, […]

Bob Lewis, Army veteran and veteran of movies

REDDING – As residents mulled about at the Veterans Home of California-Redding one recent day, Bob Lewis broke into song. It’s something Lewis does often, to the joy of the Home’s staff, veterans, and their spouses. Some might think they are hearing him sing for the very first time. They might be wrong. Before Lewis […]