Beyond Memorial Day: Weeklong Assistance for Veterans in Pomona

In remembrance of fallen soldiers, a weeklong event in Pomona that began on Memorial Day will offer services to homeless veterans and anyone else in need at the Pomona National Guard Armory.

The fourth annual “Heroes in the Shadows” San Gabriel Valley event began on Monday May 25th and will run through Friday at 600 S. Park Ave in the City of Pomona. The event is hosted by the City of Pomona and organized by Vet Hunters. The Office of Supervisor Hilda L. Solis is also providing support.

Organizers anticipate 2,000 to use accommodations such as sleeping quarters, showers, laundry facilities, food prepared by Two Guys Grilling, personal grooming and counseling. The free services are open to anyone and will be offered between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day at the armory.

On Wednesday May 27th the event will feature a Veteran Job Fair presented by the Employment Development Department. At 11 a.m., seven cars will be donated to deserving Veterans in need, marking the most amount of vehicles donated by the Vet Hunters on one day.

The event will not turn anyone away based on criteria such as area of residence, gender and Veteran Status and it hopes to attract attendees from a wide area, including the San Gabriel Valley, the Inland Empire and San Bernardino County.

On Monday, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis welcomed the veterans to the event and reiterated her commitment to bringing more services for homeless veterans and veterans in general. “The County should be doing more in terms of services and we will”, she said.

Claremont Councilmember Joe Lyons praised the organizers of the event and said that “we have an advocate for veterans we haven´t had for a long time in the Supervisor”.

More information about the event can be found here.