Author Archives: Steven Wilson

Immediate resources available for those affected by the government shutdown

The partial federal government shutdown is now the longest ever, and it is affecting many veterans and their families in California. CalVet is sharing resources to assist federal workers during this shutdown. EDD provides assistance to furloughed employees At the direction of Governor Gavin Newsom, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) is streamlining the processing […]

CalVet hosts Tribal Veteran Representative Training Jan. 23-24 in San Diego

California is home to more American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) veterans than nearly any other state in the nation. Yet this population remains one of the most underserved. CalVet is partnering with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the County of San Diego to host a two-day advocacy training on veteran benefits and services […]

CalVet Newswatch

CalVet Newswatch brings you the latest veteran news from California and beyond, delivered to your inbox and updated daily on CalVet Connect. Scroll down to view highlights of the most recent top articles, or click here to visit our site. Trump Mar-a-Lago acquaintance ties to VA health record overhaul to be scrutinized WASHINGTON TIMES — […]

Central coast community comes together to honor veterans with wreath-laying ceremony

Cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles crowded the roadways throughout the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery this past Saturday as the local community came together to lay wreaths at the columbaria for veterans. Friends, loved ones, fellow veterans and future service members gathered for the cemetery’s annual Wreaths Across America event – a movement aiming to […]

Proposition 41 and VHHP program reach new heights

by Jonathan Cullifer, California Department of Veterans Affairs Through the support of voters across California, the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention program (VHHP) has seen tremendous progress over the past two years.  This 2014 initiative aims to reduce veteran homelessness and those at risk of becoming homeless due to extremely low income.  The program has […]

Pearl Harbor Survivor Don Long reflects on Dec. 7, 1941

Napa valley resident and Navy veteran Don Long recently sat down with CalVet to share his memories of December 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Long recalls seeing planes just moments before 8 a.m. as he got ready to begin test flights with his crew.  Watch the video to hear how he survived […]

Centennial Celebration: Historic Armistice Chapel in Yountville turns 100

CalVet Secretary Dr. Vito Imbasciani joined local dignitaries at last month’s Veterans Day ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Historic Armistice Chapel on the Yountville Veterans Home campus. Constructed in 1917 and opened in November of 1918, the chapel was originally commemorated as the Armistice Chapel following four years of fighting overseas and the […]

Five CalVet Veterans Homes named to Top 100 list

CalVet earned top-100 rankings for five Veterans Homes according to the latest article published this month in U.S. News & World Report out of 1,400 Medicare-certified Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) in the state. The ratings identify 139 top nursing homes for the 2018-19 year. A total of 1,199 nursing homes were evaluated in this study throughout California. […]

24 Veterans presented with Keys to their New Homes tomorrow

On Saturday, November 17, Homes 4 Families and CalVet will hold a public ceremony topresent 24 veterans and their families with keys to their new homes. “I believe in the American Dream, and for veterans, a big part of that dream is home ownership,” said CalVet Secretary Dr. Vito Imbasciani. “Through this project, CalVet and Homes 4 Families have […]

Dr. Imbasciani shares his Veterans Day message

Among the great days of national remembrance, none is more deeply moving to me than the eleventh of November, and this year presents a special centenary as we recognize the 100-year anniversary of the 1918 Armistice. Following more than four years of fighting, the World War I Armistice went into effect at the eleventh hour […]