CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON TODAY’S WEST LA VA CEREMONIES
LOS ANGELES – Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D – Los Angeles) issued the following statement regarding today’s Gate Opening Ceremony, Welcome Center Ribbon Cutting, and Long Term Supportive Housing Grand Opening at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. The event is hosted by Robert A. McDonald, Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
“Today represents both symbolic and literal victories for the West Los Angeles VA with the dedication of a main gate, the opening of a new welcome center and – most importantly - long term supportive housing for veterans.
As the main gate at the corner of San Vicente and Wilshire is opened, plaques will be hung, restoring the name of this property as an Old Soldiers’ Home. In 1888, this sacred land was donated to be permanently maintained as a branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. Today, this space is rededicated with that intent and purpose, signaling to all Veterans that they are welcomed home.
In addition to the gate opening, Building 209 will be opened to offer Veterans Long Term Supportive Housing. This is one of the intended uses of the West LA VA – as a vibrant home for our community’s veteran heroes.
Finally, the new Welcome Center will serve as a much-needed point of entry for Veterans and their families to be connected with the services that the West LA VA offers. I want to congratulate Secretary McDonald, his fine team, supportive Veterans, and our community as a new page is turned for Veterans in Los Angeles.”