Whittier Daily News: Rep. Linda Sánchez wants to name post office after late Whittier resident
U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez wants to name the Whittier Michigan Avenue Post Office after the late Jose Ramos, a former Army combat medic from Whittier who worked for more than a decade to see a day honoring veterans of the Vietnam War recognized.
As a result of Ramos’ efforts, many states, including California, have made March 29 or 30 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. Sanchez, D-Norwalk, and U.S. Rep. Paul Cook, R-Apple Valley, last week introduced a bill designating the last Saturday in March as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran’s Day.”
Sanchez made the announcement about her plans to introduce legislation naming the Whittier Post Office branch after Ramos at Saturday’s unveiling of a new Whittier Museum display honoring him.
Ramos is deserving of the honor because of his efforts on behalf of veterans, she said in an emailed release on Monday.
“His personal experience motivated his push for a national day of recognition to give Vietnam veterans the welcome home they never received,” Sanchez wrote. “Jose Ramos inspired so many across our country to give Vietnam veterans the recognition they deserve.
Ramos’ wife, Sylvia, who still lives in Whittier, said her husband would have been humbled of the honor.
“We are extremely honored and grateful to Linda Sanchez to name a post office after him,” Ramos said, also speaking for their children, Eric Ramos and Jema Herrera. “It’s amazing. We’re so glad.”
Whittier Mayor Joe Vinatieri said none is more deserving than Ramos.
“I think it’s fantastic, exclamation mark,” Vinatieri said. “It’s important because of what he stood for. He was looking out for our veterans who were so poorly received when the returned home.”
Whittier city officials plan to build a memorial dedicated to Ramos and the pair of cross-country bike rides he undertook as part of his lobbying effort.
It will be placed either next to the city’s current Peace Memorial in front of City Hall or on the Greenway Trail next to Palm Park.
Ramos served in the Army from 1965-68. He later worked in the emergency rooms of Los Angeles County USC Medical Center and at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital before retiring in 1999.
Around the same time, Ramos began his work recognizing Vietnam veterans.