Vidak Introduces Legislation to Rename Fresno Veterans Home in Honor of Charlie Waters

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Sacramento -- Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) today introduced Senate Bill 806 to rename the Veterans Home of California – Fresno, the “Dr. Charlie Waters Memorial Veterans’ Home.”

Dr. Waters played critical role in the establishment of the Fresno Veterans home, frequently testifying before the Legislature to ensure adequate funding for the facility.

“Charlie was a tireless and passionate champion for building a home for our veterans in Fresno,” said Vidak.  “Charlie, along with Chuck Parnell and George Sinopoli , and dozens of community members and organizations, dedicated endless hours and resources to make the Veterans Home in Fresno a reality.”

The contributions of Chuck Parnell and George Sinopoli are recognized in the language of SB 806.

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.

“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 Central California Veterans Home Support Foundation members following Dr. Waters passing last year.  Dr. Waters was president of the Foundation.

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.