Category CalVet Team

Are you ready? MRE Cooking Challenge is July 19th

The 2018 MRE Cooking Challenge at the California State Fair is less than two weeks away, and our Secretary wants you to be there for the fun! Learn more about the MRE Cooking Challenge in this video invitation from CalVet Secretary Dr. Vito Imbasciani. Please forgive us for the digital glitch. Poppy, the California State […]

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 […]

CalVet welcomes new administrator at Yountville Veterans Home

Frederick Just, of Riverside, joins CalVet as the new administrator of our flagship facility, the California Veterans Home at Yountville. “I’m thrilled to get started. I look forward to creating an environment for everyone to succeed and to provide the highest quality of care that we possibly can,” Just said. He has spent much of […]

CalVet employee receives prestigious Outstanding Caregiver Award

by Gary Moore, Information Officer, California Veterans Home – Redding People who know Nicole Ellis describe her as dedicated, compassionate and caring. Those words are commonly used in reference to CalVet’s nursing staff, however, Ellis is known for going above and beyond the norm. That is why it comes as no surprise that she was […]

CalVet fills key positions at Veterans Homes, Headquarters

CalVet welcomed two new Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) administrators last month, and appointed Robert Hennig to serve as the agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer. Larry N. Pangilinan will oversee the SNF at the California Veterans Home – Barstow. Jay S. Caddell will serve as SNF administrator at our Yountville home. Governor Edmund G. Brown […]

Happy Birthday! CalVet celebrates 72 years serving veterans

Veterans coming home from World War I in 1921 reaped the rewards of low-interest farm and home loan financing available through our Farm and Home program, but it wasn’t until 1946 that the Department became a permanent fixture in California. On this day, 72 years ago, the Legislature enacted law creating the department to serve […]

Nurses Week: Honoring those who serve California’s veterans

by Ron Brand, Information Officer, California Veterans Home — West Los Angeles In honor of Nurses Week, May 6-12, we shine the spotlight on two of CalVet’s extraordinary nurses and we salute all nurses who serve veterans in the Golden State. In 2004, Dubraka “Dee” Labovic packed her things and traveled from Serbia to Tennessee […]

Honoring CalVet employees during Public Service Recognition Week: May 6-12, 2018

At CalVet, we’re proud to serve the more than 1.7 million veterans who call California home. This week, we celebrate our dedicated CalVet team who make this possible. For many of our employees, this is more than a job – it’s also a personal mission.

Elizabeth Perez increasing outreach to underrepresented veterans

Elizabeth Perez joined CalVet in January, taking the helm of our Minority and Underrepresented Veterans Division. We recently asked her about her new role. What are your top priorities? One of my immediate priorities was to help immigrant veterans become naturalized citizens. For decades, immigrants have served in the U.S. military. My father was one […]