Author Archives: Steven Wilson

Ormond Beach Villas Affordable Housing for Veterans Breaks Ground in Oxnard

Nearly 100 people attended a ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday morning in Ventura County to kick off construction of a new affordable housing development that will benefit 40 veterans and their families. The project is a joint effort of the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA), California Department of Housing and Community […]

Veterans’ love story sparks interest on Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air, and two Chula Vista residents recently showcased that sentiment to a national audience thanks to a segment on NPR’s Morning Edition podcast late last week. The Daily Mail, Brides.com, LGBTQ Nation and Story Corps each shared the story of John Banvard, 100 and Gerard “Jerry” Nadeau, 72, who have been together nearly […]

CalVet Newswatch

CalVet Newswatch brings you the latest veteran news from California and beyond, delivered weekly to your inbox and updated daily on CalVet Connect. Scroll down to view highlights of this week’s top articles, or click here to visit our site. 2 Vets Celebrate Love: ‘If You Came To See The Bride, You’re Out Of Luck’ […]

Marine veteran from California poised to receive Medal of Honor

John Canley, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran from Oxnard, is in line to receive the military’s highest award – the Medal of Honor. Canley was approved for the award for his actions in and outside of Hue, Vietnam in 1968. The Medal of Honor has been bestowed on 3,496 men and one woman (a Civil […]

John K. Lopez Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises Awards for 2018

The California Department of General Services (DGS) presented the 18th annual State Agency Recognition Awards for leadership in contracting with disabled veteran businesses at a ceremony yesterday in Sacramento. As the state advocate for Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBEs), CalVet Secretary Dr. Vito Imbasciani awarded the John K. Lopez DVBE awards for business and individual […]

Veteran designation gets an update on new California Driver Licenses

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently announced changes to state driver licenses in adherence with federal mandates. Starting Jan. 22, the DMV will roll out a new REAL ID compliant driver license, which not only sports a new look, but also can be used by travelers at airport security. Your current California driver license […]

California Army Pfc. killed in the Korean War to be buried in Hometown

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 72,975 American service members unaccounted for from World War II, 7,713 from the Korean War and 1,602 from the Vietnam War. Army Corps […]

CalVet Newswatch

CalVet Newswatch brings you the latest veteran news from California and beyond, delivered weekly to your inbox and updated daily on CalVet Connect. Scroll down to view highlights of this week’s top articles, or click here to visit our site. Exclusive: Inside Trump’s new VA office, early moves to help whistleblowers draw praise USA TODAY […]

Veterans Home Staffer Makes A Stellar Discovery

Last week, CalVet staff member Dana Patchick, of the California Veterans Home in Los Angeles, was featured in the February edition of Astronomy Magazine for a stellar sighting. Patchick located a bipolar planetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus, and was credited with the discovery.  That find earned him naming rights for what is now Patchick 5 (Pa […]

CalVet receives inspirational ‘Veterans First’ digital prints

A golden eagle, 13 red and white stripes, a matching number of stars and a simple, two-word slogan – “Veterans First” – has come to epitomize James Jungroth’s deep appreciation for veterans in America. It’s a simple ideology, to put veterans first in life, but it’s one that Jungroth takes great pride in and it’s taken […]