Author Archives: June Iljana

How the Yountville Veterans Home survived the Napa Valley Fire Storm

All day Sunday, October 8th, strong winds blew throughout Northern California, pushing wildfires over hills and through canyons all over the North Bay. In Napa and Sonoma counties, hundreds, and then thousands, of people lost their homes. Through the night, winds blew wildfires toward almost 900 elderly people living at the California Veterans Home in Yountville.

CalVet Supports 240,000 Veterans Living in Fire-Affected Areas

According to US Department of Veterans Affairs records, 240,000 veterans live in the counties affected by October’s wildfires. More than 213,000 acres have burned, an estimated 5,700 structures destroyed and 41 people have been killed. 40,000 people remain evacuated. Last week Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Solano County, Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties, and Butte, Lake, Mendocino, […]

Governor signs bill offering treatment instead of prosecution for some military and veterans arrested for DUI

Today Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed Senate Bill 725, authored by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D – Santa Barbara), clarifying that current and former members of the military who suffer from service-related mental health issues may be diverted to a treatment court in lieu of incarceration when charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Prior […]

Help Shape California’s Future

California leadership should reflect the rich diversity of our state. Veteran appointments to State Boards or Commissions ensures the veteran community has a voice in state policy and it can be a very rewarding experience. As a member of a board or commission, a veteran can influence public policy and bring attention to veteran issues. But how […]

Chula Vista Veterans Home Receives Five-Star Rating

The Veterans Home of California – Chula Vista just received a “Five-Star” rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This is the highest possible rating a nursing home can get. Way to go, Chula Vista Team! “I am extremely proud of the hard work and mission focus of all the staff at […]

How can I get a Veteran Designation on my Driver License?

One of the most common questions we are asked is how to get a Veteran designation on your California driver license or identification card.  The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) and the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced a program to honor our Veterans by allowing them to apply for a “Veteran” designation on California driver licenses […]

California Veterans Homes seek Medical Professionals for Rewarding Careers

Learn about this position and other career opportunities serving our Veterans on our CalVet Careers webage.

Stories of Service: Veterans Home – Fresno

The Veterans Home of California – Fresno provides care for aging veterans. ValleyPBS recently visited the state of the art facility and met with two residents who served in the United States Navy during WWII. Gordon Scott of Kingsburg and Elsa Barry of Fresno both moved into the Veterans Home in 2017. Stories of Service: […]

Make the Connection: Shared Experiences and Support for Veterans

Everyone has had some experience with feeling depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed emotionally, but if these feelings persist they can be a sign of a mental health illness. Left untreated, mental health problems can interfere with daily life, relationships, work, normal functioning, and cause pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care […]