The 2018 MRE Cooking Challenge at the California State Fair is less than two weeks away, and our Secretary wants you to be there for the fun! Learn more about the MRE Cooking Challenge in this video invitation from CalVet Secretary Dr. Vito Imbasciani. Please forgive us for the digital glitch. Poppy, the California State […]

Our Lancaster Veterans Home was recently featured on local cable access channel, LTV, as part of the City of Lancaster’s True Community project. We’re proud of the excellent quality of care and friendly environment that the Lancaster home provides for its 60 residents. Watch the video to learn more. CalVet provides housing and care for about 2,200 […]

This week, four World War II veterans received the Legion of Honor medal from the Consul of France in San Francisco, Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens. The ceremony was held at the Residence of France in San Francisco on July 10. The four California veterans honored are: Vito Mastrangelo, Technical Sergeant, of Visalia; Ryan M. O’Brien, First Lieutenant, […]

When it comes to serving veterans in a state as large and diverse as California, collaboration is essential. Improving collaboration is just one of the goals of CalVet’s Leadership Summit. This year, more than 150 people from private and public organizations came together to discuss best practices for serving  veterans and to share some of the challenges […]

This week, 28 veterans packed up their belongings and carried them into their new homes at the Renaissance at Parc Grove in Fresno. This supportive housing project, which broke ground a little over a year ago, is a safe destination for veterans experiencing homelessness in the San Joaquin Valley.  The 40-unit development of one- and […]

Philip Stern was best known for his iconic images of Hollywood celebrities, such as James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, and jazz greats, including Billie Holiday, Harry Belafonte and Duke Ellington. The new book, “Snapdragon,” reveals a lesser known part of Stern’s life, providing first-hand accounts of his experience as a World War II combat photographer […]

UPDATE 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 The Northern California Veterans Cemetery at Igo is fully functional and running on a normal schedule again. 10:23 a.m. Tuesday, June 26 The Northern California Veterans Cemetery at Igo has re-opened, but services remain limited due to road closures. According to the latest fire incident report from CALFIRE, the […]

Earlier this month, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a proclamation declaring June 2018 as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month” in California.  In this video, CalVet Secretary Dr. Vito Imbasciani discusses why it’s important to ensure LGBTQ veterans — and all veterans — have access to the benefits they have earned through military […]

CalVet Newswatch brings you the latest veteran news from California and beyond, delivered to your inbox and updated daily on CalVet Connect. Scroll down to view highlights of the most recent top articles, or click here to visit our site.   VA watchdog accuses leadership of withholding access to employee complaints MILITARY TIMES — Veterans […]

Mark your calendar for July 19, when the California State Fair will host Military and Veteran Appreciation Day. All active duty and reserve members, and veterans from all branches of the military will enjoy free fair admission. The whole day will focus on celebrating the individuals and organizations that keep our country safe. There will […]