Political Notebook

Bill introduced to rename Fresno Veterans Home in honor of Charlie Waters

In front of the unopened Fresno Veterans Home, Charlie Waters addresses veterans and supporters during the Operation Veterans’ Convoy event in June 2012.
In front of the unopened Fresno Veterans Home, Charlie Waters addresses veterans and supporters during the Operation Veterans’ Convoy event in June 2012. jwalker@fresnobee.com

State Sen. Andy Vidak is proposing to rename the Veterans Home of California-Fresno in honor of the man who worked tirelessly to bring it here, Charlie Waters.

Waters, a Korean War combat veteran and longtime veterans advocate, worked to open a veterans home in Fresno. He died on Sept. 3, at 82.

“Charlie bravely served his country in the Marine Corps, and was a tireless champion for all veterans,” said Vidak, R-Hanford. “The Fresno Veterans Home was built, in large part, because of Charlie’s vision, passion and commitment; naming it after him is a befitting tribute to a great man.”

Waters served on numerous veterans and community boards, commissions and foundations, including the Fresno Marine Corps League, the Veterans Day Parade Committee, the Fresno Veterans Home Foundation, the American Legion and Toys for Tots.

Despite having cancer, Waters continued his fight for housing and services for veterans in the Central Valley and across the nation. A bronze bust of Waters was unveiled on Sept. 3, 2014 at the Veterans Home, exactly one year before his death.

Megan Ginise: 559-441-6614

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