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Place a wreath to honor fallen American heroes this holiday season

by Jonathan Cullifer, California Department of Veterans Affairs “They have earned our undying gratitude.  America will never forget their sacrifices.” — President Harry Truman Each December, Wreaths Across America volunteers place holiday wreaths on graves and columbaria at more than 1,400 veterans’ cemeteries in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad to remember our […]

Every Day is Veterans Day at our Barstow Home

By Teresa Rochester, Public Information Officer, Veterans Home of California – Barstow As the country prepares to honor veterans on Nov. 11 this year, the staff at the Veterans Home of California in Barstow have already begun to commemorate the service of the men and women who reside there. The Home launched #veteransdayeverydayii on Nov. […]

Veteran Spotlight: Honoring Don Duncan, U.S. Army veteran

Veteran Spotlight:  From Los Angeles to Redding, San Francisco to Tahoe, CalVet recognizes and honors veterans all throughout California. We know that every veteran has a unique story to tell, and we want to acknowledge these great stories. Do you know someone worthy of recognition? Send us the details: PAO@CalVet.ca.gov. by Teresa Rochester, Public Information Officer, […]

CalVet employee receives prestigious Outstanding Caregiver Award

by Gary Moore, Information Officer, California Veterans Home – Redding People who know Nicole Ellis describe her as dedicated, compassionate and caring. Those words are commonly used in reference to CalVet’s nursing staff, however, Ellis is known for going above and beyond the norm. That is why it comes as no surprise that she was […]

Photo exhibit featured at Chula Vista Founder’s Day Celebration

by Ron Brand, Information Officer, California Veterans Home — Chula Vista This Saturday, our Veterans Home of California – Chula Vista will celebrate 18 years of service to veterans in the San Diego area. A Founder’s Day celebration will kick off at 11 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. The event will include live music, […]

Nurses Week: Honoring those who serve California’s veterans

by Ron Brand, Information Officer, California Veterans Home — West Los Angeles In honor of Nurses Week, May 6-12, we shine the spotlight on two of CalVet’s extraordinary nurses and we salute all nurses who serve veterans in the Golden State. In 2004, Dubraka “Dee” Labovic packed her things and traveled from Serbia to Tennessee […]

Changing Rules for Funding Recreation at Veterans Homes

by David Thielker, CalVet Homes Division Once a person’s need for food, shelter, medical care, comfort and companionship are met, the need for well-being becomes increasingly important. With anywhere from 60 to 850 aged and/or disabled veterans living in eight veterans home communities across the state, it’s essential to offer activities, celebrations, engagements, and events […]

World War II veteran receives military medals decades after service

Edward Eddings, Word War II veteran and resident at the California Veterans Home – Fresno, was honored by U.S. Congressman Jim Costa in a medal pinning ceremony on Monday, April 2. Army Pfc. Eddings was part of the 93rd AAA Gun Battalion Battery D during WWII. As with many veterans, he never followed up to […]

Find a Job to Love at a California Veterans Home

by Ron Brand, Public Information Officer, California Veterans Home – West Los Angeles Do you love your job? Is your job fulfilling your desire to serve others? If not, you may want to consider attending an upcoming job  fair at our California Veterans Home in West Los Angeles.  We are hiring for jobs that you will absolutely love. CalVet […]

CalVet Honors Paula Ross, World War II Veteran and Holocaust Survivor

by Joshua Kiser, Public Information Officer, California Veterans Home – Yountville World War II veteran and Holocaust survivor Paula Ross passed away Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. She was 97 years old. Her story was unique as a woman veteran who served as a German translator during World War II and a Holocaust survivor well known for […]