Santa Cruz County Local News: Veterans


All Local Veterans News articles contributed by our local media allies and other local newsrooms.

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Celebrating Veterans Every Day

About 1.8 million veterans live in California. Here are some organizations dedicated to serving the needs of those who served America.

Image caption: California is home to many veterans in need of a variety of resources. From housing assistance to mental health services, the Golden State provides avenues to hope and healing.
At Their Service

California‘s veterans are as varied as the nations in which they served—a tapestry of different educational levels, professions, and life experiences. And they all deserve our respect and support.

Image caption: Stand Down events provide veterans with valuable resources including housing assistance, medical care, and a solid community of support.
Veterans in Need ‘Stand Down’

At hundreds of Stand Down events throughout California, veterans agencies and organizations come together to deliver life’s necessities.

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05/31/2024
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The 34th annual Felton Remembers Parade and Covered Bridge Festival took place on May 25, beginning with a Memorial Day parade through town and ending in the Covered Bridge Park for a celebration that featured live music, food, art, games and local crafters.

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12/14/2023
Federal judge David O. Carter has declined to dismiss a lawsuit that could force the Veterans Administration to house veterans experiencing homelessness in the Los Angeles area. Carter’s 41-page ruling could pave the way for a trial in mid-2024.

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11/24/2023
After nearly five years of planning, members of Cabrillo Host, Freedom Host and Santa Cruz Host Lions Clubs gathered to dedicate the new benches in honor of veterans.

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11/17/2023
Some two years after plans to convert a San Lorenzo Valley motel into affordable veteran housing were announced, the property's new owners say they expect the Highway 9 site’s capacity to nearly double in size by the end of 2024.

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11/03/2023
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A group of vets will gather at St. Patrick’s Church and march to the Henry J. Mello Center, where the annual Veterans Day ceremony will be held.

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08/17/2023
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A team of volunteers brought new life to the Veterans Memorial Building on East Beach Street by helping restore the facade of the 1934 historic landmark.

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08/15/2023
The link between PFAS and testicular cancer among service members was never directly proven—until now.

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08/08/2023
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The Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building serves as a hub for veteran services—and much more, as Good Times writer Mat Weir reports.

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08/01/2023
Rep. Jimmy Panetta convened a panel of veterans to discuss the Honoring Our PACT Act, which ensures that veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service receive the care they need.

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11/08/2022
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The two women nominated by Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 1716 and American Legion Post 121 say they joined the military for similar reasons: neither knew what they wanted to do when high school ended.

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11/06/2022
The Monterey County Military and Veterans Affairs Office will be holding a rally in support of a proposed veterans home to serve aging, disabled, and homeless veterans and spouses on the Central Coast.

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10/31/2022
In honor of Veterans Day, Board of Supervisors Chair Manu Koenig and Santa Cruz Mayor Sonja Brunner will recognize county and city staff who served in the United States Armed Forces.

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10/12/2022
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Joel Haston, the new event coordinator at Veterans Hall, is a Santa Cruz local who has spent the past 18 years traveling the state, promoting concerts and growing his business.

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08/19/2022
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Since the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1716 was founded nearly a century ago, it has been a place for vets to find camaraderie.

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07/17/2022
A new nonprofit on the Central Coast looks to ensure safe drinking water and access to waterways for all, particularly those in disadvantaged communities. The fledgling nonprofit is called Waterkeeper Monterey, formerly known as Monterey Coastkeeper.

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05/15/2022
The Military and Veterans Affairs office of Monterey County has a dream: a veterans home located in the county, preferably close to services such as health care while providing much-needed skilled nursing and memory care.

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05/06/2022
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Two years ago the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) established Project Roomkey in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The idea behind the program was simple but important: protect people experiencing homelessness from coronavirus. The success of that program led to the development of Homekey in 2021, which strived to place homeless individuals [...]

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05/05/2022
The 2022 Monterey County Veterans Stand Down, an event where homeless veterans on the Central Coast can get help obtaining services, is coming up. Hosted by the Veterans Transition Center, it takes place June 17-18. All homeless men, women and veterans with families are welcome.
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