A gift for local veterans

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arnold.jpgFACING A SHORTAGE of veterans' facilities, our state just took another step at helping to meet the needs of our servicemen and women with the opening of the Veteran's Home of California - Ventura today.

The facility is just a mile from my East Ventura home and I attended the event today along with many other folks eager to get a look at the new facility as well as Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggger, who announced just yesterday he would attend. I am not sure when I've seen that many camera crews in one place before in Ventura.

But I was glad to see the attention drawn here because our state really does need more of these facilities, especially those with skilled nursing services. While the Ventura facility doesn't offer these particular services, there is room to expand the $26-million home and add them if money becomes available. The Telephone Road home has room for 60 residents who are 62 years or older.

flag2.jpgOther facilities are expected to open in W. Los Angeles, Fresno and Redding.

"It's an especially great day to be a veteran living in Ventura County," said Roger Brautigan, the secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs. "It's all about promises made and promises kept."

For video of the event including a ribbon cutting with our Mayor Christy Weir, go here.

P.S. Just for fun, see if you can name the Who's Who of local Republican politicians up on stage in the photo at top.

At right is the largest flag I have ever seen.

9 Comments

Is that Democratic Rep Lois Capps on the stage?

No. But Audra Strickland, Elton Gallegly and Jeff Denham are there with Arnold.

I’m not sure what you mean by the title “A gift for local Veterans”
I believe it is an “Entitlement” that should have been completed years ago.
Mike
Ventura
Viet Nam Veteran

Agreed.

My dad fought in World War II. My nephew fought in Iraq. Well deserved and we need many more, as I said in my blog.

I am a native of Oxnard, now living in Broken Arrow, oklahoma and I am also a Vietnam Veteran. I was glad to see the Veterans Home going up, it is well deserved and as a veteran and an employee for the Veterans Affairs in Muskogee, Oklahoma, it makes me proud to know that there are people who are giving back to the men and women who served our country in the military. Thank you. I wrote a song titled "Welcome Home Soldier" and have sung it at schools and at a concert this year in Tulsa for the "Welcome Home Veteran" concert I put together along with the Mayor of Tulsa and some day I would love to come back home to Oxnard to sing it to our men and women of our armed forces to show how much I appreciate their service and dedication to our country. I have lost many friends in the Vietnam War and it would be such an honor for me to sing it to the surviving families. This has been a dream of mine for many years. Thank you for allowing me to write this response.
Lionico "Leo" Perez

This is a good thing to see.

Now if only the VA could get it's act together.

Marie,

You provide a great service to the community by writing this blog and interacting with so many people.

Thanks,

Brian Dennert

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