Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Norwalk, plans to introduce legislation to rename a U.S. Postal Service facility in Whittier in honor of the late Jose Ramos, a former combat medic who worked to establish a day honoring veterans of the Vietnam War.
“Jose Ramos was a powerful advocate for veterans in our community, in our state, and across the country,” Sanchez said in a statement released Monday. “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.”
Sanchez is proposing to designate the facility at 8520 Michigan Ave. as the “Jose Ramos Post Office” in honor of the former Whittier resident, whose wife still lives in the city.
After the war, Ramos, a 1968 Purple Heart recipient, worked at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital. He retired in 1999, and was a powerful advocate for veterans across the country, according to Sanchez’s office.
As a result of Ramos’ efforts, many states, including California, have established March 29 or 30 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, Sanchez said.
“His personal experience motivated his push for a national day of recognition to give Vietnam veterans the welcome home they never received,” the congresswoman said. “Jose Ramos inspired so many across our country to give Vietnam veterans the recognition they deserve.”