Resolution Supporting the Protection of a National Sacred Trust
Whereas the property on which the Los Angeles National Veterans Home is located was irrevocably deeded to the nation 120 years ago by John P. Jones and Arcadia de Baker as a place dedicated for the “sole purpose of providing veterans a place to heal from war”; and
Whereas the Department of Veteran Affairs has awarded rent-free occupancy for 20 years of a 16-acre portion of that land to the Veterans Park Conservancy, not a veterans organization but a local community organization, for use, in the Conservancy’s words, “for the enjoyment and education of the entire community”; and
Whereas a public park, despite its value to the whole community, is inconsistent with the exclusive use for veterans envisioned by the donors, and the trust conveyed in their deed to the United States.
Therefore Be It Resolved that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party joins The California Democratic Party’s Veterans Caucus, the American Legion, Veterans United for Truth, Inc., the National Veterans Coalition, the Gathering of Eagles, We the Veterans, and the American GI Forum, Military Spouses For Change, Veterans For Common Sense, among others, along with hundreds of thousands of veterans and their families, to support an immediate halt to any giveaway of any of the Los Angeles National Veterans Home property, either to a non-veterans organization or for any non-veteran-related purpose, and the revocation of any extant agreement to do so; and
Be it further resolved that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party convey this resolution to US Representative Henry Waxman (D CA-30), in whose district the property falls, and Representative Bob Filner (D CA-51), the Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, post haste.
Passed by LACDP Resolutions Committee 02/03/09
Passed by LACDP 02/10/09