U.S.VETS celebrates 25th anniversary; dedicates Inglewood veteran’s facility
U.S.VETS ensures a better quality of life for homeless and at-risk veterans in Inglewood and across the country
In attendance at U.S.VETS facility re-dedication were (left to right) David Farrar, U.S. VETS-Inglewood co-founder; Rep. Maxine Waters; Paulette Radcliffe, widow of the late U.S. VETS-Inglewood CEO Dwight Radcliffe; Tim Cantwell, Cloudbreak Development, LLC president/CEO; Stephen Peck, U.S.VETS president and CEO; Lt. Col.-Ret. Corey Morris; and members of U.S. VETS Inter-service Color Guard. Photo courtesy City of Inglewood.
Anniversary celebration rededicates U.S.VETS first established veteran’s facility in Inglewood; features inaugural performance of U.S.VETS-Inglewood InterService Veteran Color Guard
INGLEWOOD — U.S.VETS, the country’s largest non-profit provider of comprehensive services to homeless and at-risk veterans, celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a rededication of the organization’s first established veteran’s facility, May 25, in Inglewood.
The veteran’s organization successfully kicked off Memorial Day weekend with a meaningful day of honor for the women and men that served America. The site, for the first time, was officially dedicated.
The event hosted political dignitaries and notable special guests such as Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles (43rd Dist.); Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Stephen J. Peck, President/CEO, U.S.VETS; and Akilah Templeton, executive director, U.S.VETS-Inglewood.
Additionally, the day included a commemorative ceremony, community resource fair, live music, special appearance by the Los Angeles Rams cheerleaders, and the inaugural performance of the U.S.VETS-Inglewood InterService Veteran Color Guard.
Templeton, an Inglewood native and long-time mental health advocate, who heads one of the country’s largest residential sites for homeless veterans, said, “Our collective service and commitment to our veterans will continue, as we have for 25 years, until every last veteran is moved off our streets and into the proud future they deserve.”
Waters said U.S.VETS is an extremely important organization dedicated to ensuring a better quality of life for homeless and at-risk veterans in Inglewood and across the country.
“I am so pleased to join with them once again to celebrate 25 years of distinguished service, and I look forward to continuing our long and strong partnership of providing housing assistance and services to veterans in our community,” said Waters.
In a salute to veterans everywhere, Butts said, “On behalf of the City of Inglewood, I am honored to pay tribute to all of the veterans, past, and present who protect the freedoms and way of life we cherish in America.”