Linda Sánchez to Introduce Bill Renaming Whittier Post Office in Honor of Vietnam Veteran Jose Ramos

April 1, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DCU.S. Representative Linda Sánchez (CA-38) announced she will introduce legislation to designate the U.S. Postal Service facility at 8520 Michigan Ave in Whittier the "Jose Ramos Post Office."

“Jose Ramos was a powerful advocate for veterans in our community, in our state, and across the country,” said Rep. Sánchez. “He served in the Vietnam War as an Army Combat Medic and received the Purple Heart for his bravery. He returned home from the war, and like his fellow service members, Jose quietly tried to live a normal life with his beautiful family. But he never forgot about his fellow veterans and their struggles.

“His personal experience motivated his push for a national day of recognition to give Vietnam veterans the welcome home they never received,” continued Rep. Sánchez. “Jose Ramos inspired so many across our country to give Vietnam veterans the recognition they deserve. Today, states and cities across the country celebrate Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran’s Day because of Jose Ramos. That is why I am grateful for the opportunity to recognize his legacy in our community and our country by introducing this bill to name the Whittier Post Office in honor of Jose Ramos.”

Jose Ramos was born in 1948 to Augustine and Herminia Ramos. He attended Garfield High School but enlisted in the Army when he was in 10th grade. He worked as an Army Combat Medic, and in 1968 he received the Purple Heart. After returning home, Jose worked at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center and Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital. He retired in 1999.

Like his fellow Vietnam veterans, Jose Ramos returned home from an unpopular war only to face hostility and resentment. Jose quietly went back to his normal life, built a family and stayed in touch with his veteran friends. He became a powerful advocate for veterans in our community and across the country. It was his personal experiences, and those of his fellow GIs, that motivated him to work toward establishing a national day of recognition. He inspired many to help give Vietnam veterans their long-overdue welcome home.

His legacy lives on as several states and cities across the nation, including California, have adopted Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. It is long past time for our country to give Vietnam veterans the welcome home they should have received decades ago. Congresswoman Sánchez continues to introduce and advocate for legislation to establish a national ‘Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day’ on behalf of Jose Ramos and all the veterans who fought bravely in the Vietnam War.