Author Archives: Cathy Kenny

CalVet to Update Residency Requirements for California Veterans Homes

CalVet is in the process of updating the rules for admission eligibility at our eight California Veterans Homes. The current regulation, Section 501.2 on eligibility determination, was written when California operated only one veterans home. Today, CalVet provides housing and care for about 2,200 veterans, spouses, domestic partners, widows and widowers at eight homes in […]

Veteran Portraits Capture the Spirit of the Greatest Generation

World War II veterans who live at the West Los Angeles Veterans Home have been memorialized in pen, pencil and paint. There are a lot of ways to honor veterans. But, for two Southern California artists, the best way they knew how was through painting — capturing the history, the images and the stories of […]

A Holiday Message & 2017 Year in Review

We’ve been working hard to serve California veterans. Hear from CalVet Secretary, Dr. Vito Imbasciani, as he shares a holiday message – and some of what we accomplished in 2017. Happy Holidays from all of us at CalVet!  

Marine Corps League Donates $20,000 to Central Coast Veterans Cemetery

On Monday, the Marine Corps League joined the season of giving, and their gift this year will benefit California’s newest veterans cemetery. A $20,000 donation from Marine Corps League Detachment 711 will help to pay for maintenance and upkeep of the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery (CCCVC) in Seaside. “We fundraise all year so that […]

Use Your Driver License as a Veteran ID

If you’re like many veterans, you don’t carry your military discharge papers around with you as proof of your military service. That can be a drawback when you want to confirm that you are eligible for a veterans discount, take advantage of a free meal being offered on Veterans Day or just show off your pride of […]

Bill Thomas spends a lifetime helping fellow veterans

Veterans Who Make a Difference: There are many ways to make a positive impact on the lives of veterans and their families. We recognize those who work so diligently to make a difference throughout California and salute their commitment to the veteran population. Do you know someone worthy of recognition? Send us the details: PAO@CalVet.ca.gov.  __________________________________________________________________________________________ For […]

CalVet simplifies hiring process to attract top talent

At CalVet, serving veterans is more than just our mission. It’s the best possible job we can imagine. Not only do we help ensure that all veterans in California have access to their benefits, but we also provide care and a place to call home to 2,500 people living in our veterans homes. We want […]

CalVet Goes “Above & Beyond” in Contracting With Veteran-Owned Businesses

CalVet consistently leads the state in contracting for supplies and services through certified Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBEs). In the past year, our contracting with DVBEs far exceeded the state goal of three percent, and even exceeded our internal agency goal of five percent. We are pleased to report that last year CalVet spent 11.82 […]

23 New Laws for 2018 Intended to Help California Veterans

In a little over a month, another year will open with a crop of new laws that aim to make our state a better place for veterans to live. Many of these bills will improve outreach to ensure veterans are aware of the wide range of assistance available to them, such as obtaining free civil legal assistance, starting […]

We Are Veterans, Too: CalVet Staff Bring Personal Experience to Their Mission

At CalVet, we take pride in serving California’s veterans. For many, it’s a very personal mission. Large numbers of us brought the skills we learned in the military to CalVet after our own service. We represent every branch of service and many eras, but we all share the same mission: to ensure that our fellow […]