El Monte Celebrates Opening of Veterans Village
by Chelsea Dickerson
March 19, 2014 • 360 views
Set before a stage of red, white and blue, El Monte’s Veterans Village, the San Gabriel Valley’s first affordable-housing community specifically for homeless veterans, opened to much fanfare on Wednesday, March 12 as the City of El Monte and its development partners hosted a grand-opening ceremony for this innovative project.
“The El Monte Veterans Village symbolizes the City’s steadfast commitment to our service men and women in the San Gabriel Valley,” said El Monte Councilman Juventino “J” Gomez, a disabled American Veteran who served in the United States Army from August 1965 to November 1967. “Our partnership with Mercy Housing and New Directions for Veterans sets a precedent that we hope other cities follow by building their own housing developments for homeless veterans. I am so proud that our community has made it a priority to ensure our veterans have a place to call home when they return from duty. ”
Featuring a flyover by the Condor Squadron, a group of vintage WWII A-6 airplanes, and a special performance by the Marine Corps Band, the celebration was designed to honor all veterans and showcase El Monte’s advocacy for veterans’ issues.
“Our nation’s veterans are the cornerstone of our community and we wanted to do everything we could do to support them as they make the transition back home,” said El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero. “This includes providing a welcoming apartment here in El Monte so they don’t have to live on the street.”