At CalVet, we’re passionate about our mission to serve California’s 1.7 million veterans and their families. We’ve accomplished much in recent years and we’re excited to chart the course for future successes. CalVet’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan will guide our efforts over the next three years. This document defines our mission, vision, guiding principles, goals and […]

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 […]

A new California law establishes a Bill of Rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents of long-term care facilities, including California’s eight Veterans Homes, which provide residential and long-term care services to about 2,200 veterans and their spouses. Senate Bill 219 makes it unlawful for any long-term care facility to deny admission, transfer […]

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 […]

CalVet’s own Thomas Bucci was recently recognized for flying more than 1,000 young people as part of the Young Eagles Program, which seeks to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation. For the past 15 years, Bucci has been flying youth out of Vacaville’s Nut Tree Airport, through the national Experimental Aircraft Association […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Veterans make great employees. Military service provides a wealth of experience and specialized training. It also reinforces soft skills, like being dependable, reporting to work on time and following instructions. But when it’s time to transition from the service to the workforce, how do you know which types of jobs might be a good fit […]