The Northern California Veterans Cemetery rests on a hillcrest in the small community of Igo, near Redding. A row of U.S. flags greets visitors as they pass through the gates. With Mount Lassen offering a spectacular backdrop, the lawns are green and lush. Headstones stand in precise rows. Operated by the California Department of Veterans […]

REDDING – Retired Major John E. Cleckner, Sr., who matched his decorated career in Army Special Forces with a lifelong dedication in retirement to helping military veterans, died May 11 in Redding. He was 81. Cleckner served 22 years, two months in the Infantry, including tours of duty in Vietnam. He received a Purple Heart […]

David Ruiz of Fresno served as a cryptologist aboard the USS Midway during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-80. When he left the Navy years later, he realized that the words coming out of other people’s mouths seemed somewhat cryptic to him. Hearing loss will do that. “Tinnitus,” he said. He waited for years to […]

In 1947, as life in the United States settled into the new normal following World War II, President Truman formally established the Department of Defense to oversee all branches of the military. At that time, each branch held its own appreciation day. Instead, in 1949 Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson unified these events into Armed […]

Do you want the veteran designation on your California driver’s license? What about a disabled veteran license plate for your car or truck? Here are some tips to easily navigate a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV): HAVE YOUR PAPERWORK IN ORDER: Go to your local County Veteran Service Office (CVSO) to obtain […]

THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS INFORMATION ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT, TRAUMA, AND SEXUAL HARRASSMENT April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It is important for service members, veterans, and their families to understand this issue, and what resources are available to help. What is Military Sexual Trauma? During military service, service members may receive upsetting and unwanted sexual attention, […]

SNOW AT THE HOME

Story updated Monday, February 25 at 11:16 a.m. Near-record setting snowfall descended on much of the North State this week, including at the Veterans Home in Redding and the Northern California Veterans Cemetery (NCVC) in Igo. Parts of Redding and surrounding communities received 10 to 14 inches of snow Tuesday night, the National Weather Service […]

Last March, CalVet’s Minority and Underrepresented Veterans Division launched the Pathway to Citizenship program. Since that time, CalVet, along with other state agencies and community support, has been able to assist more than 60 veterans and their families with citizenship and naturalization services they have earned through their military service. “California was the first state […]

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 […]

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 […]