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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Isaiah Mall is CalVet’s Chief Information Officer, responsible for overseeing the agency’s Information Services Division (ISD). He was appointed to the position in May. We asked him about the role of technology in supporting CalVet’s operations. What’s your vision for managing technology at CalVet? I want to support the agency’s mission, in the digital age, […]

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 […]

Our Lancaster Veterans Home was recently featured on local cable access channel, LTV, as part of the City of Lancaster’s True Community project. We’re proud of the excellent quality of care and friendly environment that the Lancaster home provides for its 60 residents. Watch the video to learn more. CalVet provides housing and care for about 2,200 […]

This week, four World War II veterans received the Legion of Honor medal from the Consul of France in San Francisco, Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens. The ceremony was held at the Residence of France in San Francisco on July 10. The four California veterans honored are: Vito Mastrangelo, Technical Sergeant, of Visalia; Ryan M. O’Brien, First Lieutenant, […]

When it comes to serving veterans in a state as large and diverse as California, collaboration is essential. Improving collaboration is just one of the goals of CalVet’s Leadership Summit. This year, more than 150 people from private and public organizations came together to discuss best practices for serving  veterans and to share some of the challenges […]

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 […]

This week, 28 veterans packed up their belongings and carried them into their new homes at the Renaissance at Parc Grove in Fresno. This supportive housing project, which broke ground a little over a year ago, is a safe destination for veterans experiencing homelessness in the San Joaquin Valley.  The 40-unit development of one- and […]