Author Archives: Cathy Kenny

Planning a Veterans Day event? Share it with us!

Every year, CalVet staff takes part in Veterans Day events throughout the state. It’s one small way we honor all of the men and women who serve and have served in our nation’s armed forces. We also maintain a calendar of Veterans Day events and observances taking place throughout California. If you’re planning an event, […]

“Last Rosie the Riveter” visits Chula Vista Veterans Home

Elinor Otto, known as the “Last Rosie the Riveter,” visited residents at the Veterans Home of California — Chula Vista on Saturday. Otto, 98, spoke about her experience working at Rohr Aircraft Corp. in Chula Vista during World War II. Read more about her fascinating story in the San Diego Union-Tribune. CalVet operates eight veterans homes, […]

Women Veterans Workshops focus on benefits, employment resources

California is home to nearly 150,000 women who served in our nation’s armed forces, and we want to make sure that they know about all of the benefits and services available to them. CalVet has been hosting workshops throughout the state to provide valuable employment resources and benefits information. U.S. Navy veteran Berenice Kaempfer said […]

CalVet Honors Purple Heart Veterans

In honor of Purple Heart Day, CalVet recognizes all of the men and women who were wounded or killed while serving in our nation’s armed forces. Hear a message from our Secretary, Dr. Vito Imbasciani.

Veterans Home residents offer thanks to emergency responders

The residents of our Redding Veterans Home made time this week to show their appreciation for all of the first responders working on the front lines of the Carr Fire, which has consumed more than 121,000 acres. “We are so thankful for the hard work and dedication of our first responders.  They have truly gone […]

CalVet closely monitoring the Carr Fire

Calvet is closely monitoring progress of the Carr Fire and its potential impacts on the Veterans Home of California — Redding and the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo. We will update this page as new information becomes available. 11:00 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6 As of this morning, Cal Fire is reporting the Carr Fire […]

Navy Cross posthumously awarded to Marine Infantryman from Porterville

Fifty years after his heroic actions during the Vietnam War, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Stephen Austin was posthumously awarded the esteemed Navy Cross. Austin died June 8, 1968, when he and his squad were ambushed. He was 21. The award was presented to his daughter, Neily Esposito, on July 21 at a 50th anniversary reunion […]

California veteran slated to receive Medal of Honor

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran from California is in line to receive the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest award for valor in action against an enemy force. Retired Sgt. Maj. John Canley, of Oxnard, will receive the award for his actions during the Battle of Hue in Vietnam in 1968. He learned the news in […]

Navy Electrician’s Mate killed during World War II to be buried in Inglewood July 21

Honoring Our Fallen:  CalVet honors members of the U.S. Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation. Efforts continue to bring home those who went missing in action, including American service members unaccounted for from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Navy Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class George H. […]

CalVet’s CIO talks technology

Isaiah Mall is CalVet’s Chief Information Officer, responsible for overseeing the agency’s Information Services Division (ISD). He was appointed to the position in May. We asked him about the role of technology in supporting CalVet’s operations. What’s your vision for managing technology at CalVet? I want to support the agency’s mission, in the digital age, […]