Category Minority Veterans
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 […]
Hundreds of Native American Indian tribes converged on the State Capitol Friday morning to participate in the 51st annual Native American Day in Sacramento. The event, which honored our state’s Native American culture and emphasized the importance of partnerships between tribal leaders and state governments, included family-friendly cultural and traditional activities, informational workshops, traditional performers, […]
This year, on September 28, as Sacramento celebrates Native American Day, CalVet will distribute commemorative pins memorializing the service of exemplary Native American veterans. Led by the work of our Minority Veteran Affairs Division, CalVet designed these pins as a show of gratitude for all Native American veterans that call California home. The pin represents […]
On Friday, September 28, California will honor the service and sacrifice of all its Native American veterans with the 51st annual Native American Day ceremony. The event begins at 9 a.m. on the west steps of the State Capitol building and includes music, festivities, vendors and special addresses from California State Superintendent of Public Instruction […]
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 […]
Next week, CalVet will hold the first of several specialized workshops designed to assist Native American and rural veterans with applying for local, state, and federal benefits. Native American and rural veterans often face challenges in accessing the benefits they have earned through their service. Last year, CalVet Secretary Dr. Vito Imbasciani visited Native American […]
Elizabeth Perez of Vista, Calif. joins CalVet as deputy secretary of minority veterans. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment Jan. 8. She will lead CalVet’s Minority and Underrepresented Veterans Division, which advocates on behalf of minority and LGBT veteran communities, seeks to identify and address gaps in service, and supports activities that address the […]
CalVet Secretary Vito Imbasciani is meeting with Native American tribes throughout California in an effort to ensure that Native American veterans are receiving access to the benefits they have earned through their service. He met with Bo Mazzetti, Chairman of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, and other Native American veterans on Oct. 23 in […]
Longtime sculptor A. Thomas Schomberg discusses the new memorial statue that will honor American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans.
CalVet will host an open house from 3 to 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, for viewing a replica of a new memorial statue that will honor American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans. The sculpture, titled “the Gift,” was created by renowned sculptor A. Thomas Schomberg.