As Veterans Day approaches, InsideCDCR joins in the salutes to all the members of our military and veterans, including many CDCR employees.

Some members of the CDCR family have made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our freedoms. These include the deaths earlier this year of two sons of CDCR employees.

Sgt. Joshua Ashley, 23, a U.S. Marine, was killed in Afghanistan in July. He was the son of Parole Agent I (PA) Jon Ashley of the CDCR Office of Correctional Safety-Fugitive Apprehension Team, Riverside.

Richard Essex, 23, a U.S. Army soldier, was killed Aug. 16 in Afghanistan. He was the son of Correctional Officer Charles Essex of Pelican Bay State Prison

(Charles Essex was awarded a CDCR Medal of Valor in September for his bravery as part of a team that quelled an attack by inmates on two officers.)

Nov. 12 is the designated The Veterans Day this year.

The California Department of Veterans Affairs also reminds veterans that there are many resources to aid veterans.

Regardless of your era, your branch, your post, or your job in the military— as a veteran you may qualify for state and federal veterans’ benefits, according to CalVet.

To find out more, please contact CalVet  at the following number:  (877) 741-8532

Also, here are some useful links for veterans:

California Resources for Veterans

CalVet Web site

CalVet Mobile App

CalVet Registration/Request for Benefits Information & Assistance

Homeless Veterans Resources

CalVet Newsletters

CalVet Frequently Asked Questions

California Veteran License Plates

Email CalVet at to be added to the CalVet

News for Veterans subscriber list. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Federal Resources for Veterans

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) Web Site

USDVA Toll Free Phone Numbers

USDVA Frequently Asked Questions

USDVA Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Coach Mobile App