Sacramento -- Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) today announced he is introducing legislation to rename the Veterans Home of California – Fresno, the “Dr. Charlie Waters Memorial Veterans’ Home.”
“Charlie bravely served his country in the Marine Corps, and was a tireless champion for all veterans,” said Vidak. “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.”
Dr. Waters served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps from 1951 to 1958, including 13 months of combat in Korea. Following his combat service, he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay.
He 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.
“It is with deeply saddened hearts that we announce the passing of the President of the Central California Veterans Home Support Foundation, Dr. Charlie Waters. Charlie was instrumental with Chuck Parnell and George Sinopoli and was the driving force after their passing in pressing Sacramento Legislators to build and open the Veterans Home located in Fresno. Dr. Waters’ advocacy for improving the lives of Veterans throughout the Central Valley, California and the Nation and his legacy will forever be embedded in the Beautiful Veterans Home that sits in Fresno,” wrote the Fresno Veterans Home Foundation members.
During his hard-fought battle with cancer, Dr. Waters continued his fight for housing and services for veterans in the Central Valley and across the nation.
The Veterans Home of California – Fresno is a 300-bed, long-term care facility located on 30 acres. The Veterans Home opened in October 2013, and currently offers assisted-living level of care, skilled nursing, and has future plans to offer memory care. The Veterans Home includes a bronze bust of Dr. Waters, which was unveiled on September 3, 2014, exactly one year before his death.
“It stands as a beacon of light, hope and as a reminder to all of us that veterans – past, present and future – deserve our respect, help and most of all our heartfelt thank you,” said Martha Kistler, the long-time friend of Dr. Waters, who lead the effort to create and dedicate the bronze bust. “The baton has been passed to all of us. I challenge each and everyone one of us to do what Charlie did – fight for the truth, the honesty and the understanding that everyone deserves. Charlie’s love and commitment to the American veteran was unsurpassed.”