Author Archives: Cathy Kenny

Veterans: Are you missing out on benefits you’ve earned?

You’re probably familiar with the GI Bill, home loans and healthcare benefits available for veterans. But what about education benefits for your children, career counseling and property tax exemptions? If you are an honorably discharged veteran, you have earned valuable benefits for you and your family. County Veterans Service Officers (CVSOs) can help you determine […]

Plan in Advance for Veteran Burial Benefits

From Arlington, Virginia to Seaside, California, veterans cemeteries stand as a somber tribute to our fallen heroes – the men and women who have served our country honorably over the course of our nation’s history. Offering free burial, memorial and funeral benefits is a way to honor the service and sacrifice of members of the […]

CalVet participates in State Council to reduce and prevent homelessness

California leads the nation in the number of homeless residents, including vets. It’s an important issue that is being addressed by many organizations, including CalVet and other state agencies, local governments, non-profits and the State Legislature. Senate Bill 1380, adopted in 2016, builds on existing efforts. It created a Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council to […]

Video: Governor Brown’s Proposed Budget Supports Veterans

Governor Brown’s proposed budget for 2018-19 reaffirms his ongoing commitment to California’s veteran community. The proposed budget includes a $6 million net increase to help support or expand CalVet’s programs to meet the changing needs of our veterans. In this video, CalVet Secretary Dr. Vito Imbasciani discusses how the proposed budget will benefit veterans programs […]

CalVet Strategic Plan Lays Out Key Priorities for Next Three Years

At CalVet, we’re passionate about our mission to serve California’s 1.7 million veterans and their families. We’ve accomplished much in recent years and we’re excited to chart the course for future successes. CalVet’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan will guide our efforts over the next three years. This document defines our mission, vision, guiding principles, goals and […]

New California Law Establishes LGBT Bill of Rights

A new California law establishes a Bill of Rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents of long-term care facilities, including California’s eight Veterans Homes, which provide residential and long-term care services to about 2,200 veterans and their spouses. Senate Bill 219 makes it unlawful for any long-term care facility to deny admission, transfer […]

CalVet Employee Recognized for Introducing Youth to the World of Flight

CalVet’s own Thomas Bucci was recently recognized for flying more than 1,000 young people as part of the Young Eagles Program, which seeks to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation. For the past 15 years, Bucci has been flying youth out of Vacaville’s Nut Tree Airport, through the national Experimental Aircraft Association […]

New Military Translator Tool can simplify your California State job search

Veterans make great employees. Military service provides a wealth of experience and specialized training. It also reinforces soft skills, like being dependable, reporting to work on time and following instructions. But when it’s time to transition from the service to the workforce, how do you know which types of jobs might be a good fit […]

Elizabeth Perez Named CalVet Deputy Secretary for Minority Veterans

Elizabeth Perez of Vista, Calif. joins CalVet as deputy secretary of minority veterans. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment Jan. 8. She will lead CalVet’s Minority and Underrepresented Veterans Division, which advocates on behalf of minority and LGBT veteran communities, seeks to identify and address gaps in service, and supports activities that address the […]

Flu season is here: Take steps to protect yourself

It’s peak flu season and time to focus on staying healthy. There’s no sure-fire guarantee you will avoid the bug, but a few simple guidelines can help increase your chances of getting through another season flu-free. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends the following basic steps to protect yourself and your family against […]