Author Archives: Cathy Kenny

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, […]

Lancaster TV Station Spotlights Veterans Home

Our Lancaster Veterans Home was recently featured on local cable access channel, LTV, as part of the City of Lancaster’s True Community project. We’re proud of the excellent quality of care and friendly environment that the Lancaster home provides for its 60 residents. Watch the video to learn more. CalVet provides housing and care for about 2,200 […]

Four California veterans receive Legion of Honor Medal

This week, four World War II veterans received the Legion of Honor medal from the Consul of France in San Francisco, Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens. The ceremony was held at the Residence of France in San Francisco on July 10. The four California veterans honored are: Vito Mastrangelo, Technical Sergeant, of Visalia; Ryan M. O’Brien, First Lieutenant, […]

CalVet Leadership Summit focuses on improving collaboration, service to veterans

When it comes to serving veterans in a state as large and diverse as California, collaboration is essential. Improving collaboration is just one of the goals of CalVet’s Leadership Summit. This year, more than 150 people from private and public organizations came together to discuss best practices for serving  veterans and to share some of the challenges […]

Remembering the late Philip Stern, renowned photographer and World War II veteran

Philip Stern was best known for his iconic images of Hollywood celebrities, such as James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, and jazz greats, including Billie Holiday, Harry Belafonte and Duke Ellington. The new book, “Snapdragon,” reveals a lesser known part of Stern’s life, providing first-hand accounts of his experience as a World War II combat photographer […]

Veterans Cemetery at Igo re-opens Tuesday

For information regarding closure and other impacts to the Northern California Veterans Cemetery beginning July 27, related to the Carr Fire, please follow us here: https://calvetconnectblog.com/2018/07/30/calvet-closely-monitoring-the-carr-fire/ UPDATE 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 The Northern California Veterans Cemetery at Igo is fully functional and running on a normal schedule again. 10:23 a.m. Tuesday, June 26 The […]

California Recognizes Pride Month

Earlier this month, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a proclamation declaring June 2018 as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month” in California.  In this video, CalVet Secretary Dr. Vito Imbasciani discusses why it’s important to ensure LGBTQ veterans — and all veterans — have access to the benefits they have earned through military […]

California State Fair offers free entry for veterans and military families on July 19

Mark your calendar for July 19, when the California State Fair will host Military and Veteran Appreciation Day. All active duty and reserve members, and veterans from all branches of the military will enjoy free fair admission. The whole day will focus on celebrating the individuals and organizations that keep our country safe. There will […]