October 20, 2016 (Yountville, CA)
California Dept. of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) Secretary Vito Imbasciani M.D., hosted U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) Secretary Robert McDonald and U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson of St. Helena for a visit to the California Veterans Home in Yountville on October 13.
Thompson invited Secretary McDonald to visit the home in Yountville so he could see the important services provided to veterans firsthand and discuss ways in which the home can work in partnership with the federal government.
The Secretary also learned about The Pathway Home, a non-profit based at the Yountville home that provides support to veterans transitioning to civilian life, with emphasis on student veterans.
“I was honored to meet with Secretary McDonald and Congressman Thompson and discuss our continued collaboration so California’s Veterans have prompt access to the highest quality of care and benefits that they earned through their service,” said Imbasciani.
This was McDonald’s first tour of the Home, the oldest veterans home in the United States.
“I’m honored that Secretary McDonald accepted my invitation to visit the Veterans Home in Yountville,” said Thompson. “This Veterans’ Home is a great example of our federal and state government working together alongside private partners to provide our veterans with the care they need. As a veteran, I firmly believe that one of our country’s greatest responsibilities is to care for the men and women who bravely served our country in uniform. Many thanks to Secretary McDonald Secretary Imbasciani and everyone with the Yountville Veterans Home for coming together this morning to ensure that out partnership remains strong and that our heroes in Yountville have the best possible care and support.”
Participants in the visit included Don Veverka, administrator of the Veterans Home of California-Yountville, Bonnie Graham, San Francisco Veterans Affair Health Care System director, State Senator Lois Wolk, Assemblyman Bill Dodd, and other officials from The Pathway Home, including Yountville Mayor John Dunbar.
The veterans who reside at the home served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Way, Desert Storm and in recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Thompson has been an advocate for The Pathway Home and fought to secure funding for programs such as a grant program for Veterans Student Centers, that the Pathway Home would be eligible to receive.
Thompson also introduced legislation that was signed into law 2014 that launched a pilot program to allow all service members and veterans to receive treatment for post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) at certain non-VA care centers, like The Pathway Home that offer innovative treatment options.