Author Archives: Steven Wilson

CalVet wins 2019 Abraham Lincoln Pillar of Excellence Award

Last week, CalVet Secretary Vito Imbasciani and Deputy Secretary for Veterans Services Keith Boylan attended the mid-winter conference of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C. They were presented with the 2019 Abraham Lincoln Pillar of Excellence Award in Innovation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the California […]

Flooding affects five counties and prompts state of emergency from Governor Newsom

On Thursday, February 28, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Amador, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma counties due to the severe winter storms that have battered communities throughout our state.  High amounts of precipitation led to rising rivers and major flooding in areas, and also caused mudslides in other regions. If […]

Winter Weather updates for Redding and Igo

Story updated Monday, February 25 at 11:16 a.m. Near-record setting snowfall descended on much of the North State this week, including at the Veterans Home in Redding and the Northern California Veterans Cemetery (NCVC) in Igo. Parts of Redding and surrounding communities received 10 to 14 inches of snow Tuesday night, the National Weather Service […]

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 […]