Tag Archives: CalVet

Love – the lighter side of service, or how Cupid will find you no matter where you are

We love stories from our veterans. Most of these stories focus on military life – during peacetime or war. The best stories tug on our heartstrings, evoke strong emotions, and leave us wanting more. Deployments, temporary duty assignments, and training all provide opportunities for such stories, especially stories on “how I met your mother (or […]

CalVet unveils Master Plan for future of Veterans Homes of California

The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) has completed its Master Plan for the operations of its eight Veterans Homes of California. The 300-page document encompasses years of research, analysis, outreach, and reassessment, along with interviews with Homes residents, employees, community residents, agencies, and other stakeholders. It identifies the future needs of a changing veteran […]

Twenty names, including first woman, etched into California Vietnam Veterans Memorial

SACRAMENTO – Like so many others who served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, U.S. Army Specialist 5 Adrienne Lee Schamp was exposed to Agent Orange, a powerful herbicide used to defoliate forests and crops that provided cover for North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops. She worked in Army finance at Long Binh and […]

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 […]

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, […]

Veteran at CalVet’s Redding Home puts heart, paint brushes to work for Carr fire victims

REDDING – As the Carr fire raged through Northern California in July 2018, residents of the Veterans Home of California-Redding began painting signs for the men and women fighting the conflagration. Vietnam-era veteran and artist Michael VanCleemput, was among those who was asked to contribute. “I agreed, but I needed an inspiration for an appropriate […]

The red, white, and blue blur of U.S. Flag Code etiquette

As we celebrate our nation’s 243rd birthday this Fourth of July, our patriotism will be evident with parades, picnics, patio barbecues, and pyrotechnics. So proudly we will hail, amid a sea of star-spangled banners. But in these heartfelt salutes to Old Glory, many might first want to familiarize themselves with the “dos” and “don’ts” of […]

24 Veterans presented with Keys to their New Homes tomorrow

On Saturday, November 17, Homes 4 Families and CalVet will hold a public ceremony topresent 24 veterans and their families with keys to their new homes. “I believe in the American Dream, and for veterans, a big part of that dream is home ownership,” said CalVet Secretary Dr. Vito Imbasciani. “Through this project, CalVet and Homes 4 Families have […]

Dr. Imbasciani shares his Veterans Day message

Among the great days of national remembrance, none is more deeply moving to me than the eleventh of November, and this year presents a special centenary as we recognize the 100-year anniversary of the 1918 Armistice. Following more than four years of fighting, the World War I Armistice went into effect at the eleventh hour […]

Free Veterans Day Events Throughout California

Among the great days of national remembrance, the eleventh of November has become the nation’s best time to recognize and thank all veterans for their service to our country, and this year presents a special centenary as we recognize the 100-year anniversary of the 1918 Armistice. Following more than four years of fighting, the World […]