Category Veterans

CalVet Honors Purple Heart Veterans

In honor of Purple Heart Day, CalVet recognizes all of the men and women who were wounded or killed while serving in our nation’s armed forces. Hear a message from our Secretary, Dr. Vito Imbasciani.

Navy Cross posthumously awarded to Marine Infantryman from Porterville

Fifty years after his heroic actions during the Vietnam War, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Stephen Austin was posthumously awarded the esteemed Navy Cross. Austin died June 8, 1968, when he and his squad were ambushed. He was 21. The award was presented to his daughter, Neily Esposito, on July 21 at a 50th anniversary reunion […]

California veteran slated to receive Medal of Honor

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran from California is in line to receive the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest award for valor in action against an enemy force. Retired Sgt. Maj. John Canley, of Oxnard, will receive the award for his actions during the Battle of Hue in Vietnam in 1968. He learned the news in […]

Navy Electrician’s Mate killed during World War II to be buried in Inglewood July 21

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 American service members unaccounted for from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Navy Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class George H. […]

California Army Staff Sgt. killed in World War II to be buried in Riverside

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 72,906 American service members unaccounted for from World War II, 7,699 from the Korean War and 1,598 from the Vietnam War. Army Staff […]

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 […]

Remembering the late Philip Stern, renowned photographer and World War II veteran

Philip Stern was best known for his iconic images of Hollywood celebrities, such as James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, and jazz greats, including Billie Holiday, Harry Belafonte and Duke Ellington. The new book, “Snapdragon,” reveals a lesser known part of Stern’s life, providing first-hand accounts of his experience as a World War II combat photographer […]

California Marine killed in World War II to be buried in Arlington

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 72,917 American service members unaccounted for from World War II, 7,702 from the Korean War and 1,598 from the Vietnam War. Marine Corps […]

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 […]

Wall of Faces: Photos needed to complete virtual Vietnam Veterans Memorial

“Those who fought in Vietnam are part of us, part of our history. They reflected the best in us. No number of wreaths, no amount of music and memorializing will ever do them justice, but it is good for us that we honor them and their sacrifice. And it’s good that we do it in […]