Author Archives: Steven Wilson

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 […]

Free Veterans Day Events Throughout California

Among the great days of national remembrance, the eleventh of November has become the nation’s best time to recognize and thank all veterans for their service to our country, 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 […]

California State Parks offers Free Admission at 144 State Parks this Monday, Nov. 12

This Monday, Nov. 12, California State Parks will offer free admission to 144 state parks in observance of Veterans Day and as a sign of gratitude to the service of veterans, as well as active and reserve personnel to our nation. Veterans, active duty and reserve military must show a valid military ID in order […]

Insight into incredible veteran benefits of a CalVet Farm and Home Loan

Established in 1921, following the return of soldiers from World War I, the CalVet Home Loan program was created to ensure U.S. servicemembers were given an opportunity to find affordable housing in California. What started as a gesture of gratitude is now a competitive, excellent veteran home loan program that is still going strong 97 […]

2018 Trailblazers – Women Veterans honored at annual reception in Sacramento

Teaming up with the Women Veterans Alliance and the City of Sacramento, CalVet recently celebrated the accomplishments of female veterans at their annual Women Veterans Reception in downtown Sacramento. The annual celebration was held at the Leland Stanford Mansion and served as the backdrop for four CalVet Trailblazer award-winners. This award is given annually in […]

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. Coming home: A Korean War veteran who was MIA for decades finally buried on home […]