John A. Pérez, the speaker emeritus of the California State Assembly, and the Home Depot Foundation were honored October 9, 2014, by U.S.VETS for their efforts to end the scourge of veteran homelessness.
At a banquet attended by more than 300 guests at the Millennium Biltmore hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Speaker Pérez and the Home Depot received the Judge Harry Pregerson Public Service Award. Named in honor of an extraordinary friend and advocate for veterans, the award is given to individuals, foundations and corporations who make outstanding contributions to the veteran community.
Earlier this year, Speaker Pérez introduced legislation to authorize $600 million in construction of housing for homeless veterans, and authorized legislation to create a Veteran Workforce Development and Employment Office. In his remarks, Speaker Pérez reiterated the need to prioritize veteran services, particularly in California where the rate of veteran homelessness is the highest in the nation.
The Home Depot was the corporate recipient of the Pregerson Award in recognition of their focus on improving the homes and lives of veterans and their families. The Home Depot Foundation has given more than $80 million to support veterans housing initiatives across the country.
Sherry Carraway, Western Division Field Manager of The Home Depot Foundation, accepted the award.
Barbara Starr, Pentagon correspondent for CNN, was the keynote speaker.
Since opening our doors in May of 1993, U.S.VETS has had one goal: to help veterans overcome homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency. U.S.VETS works every day to help veterans in need regain their sense of purpose, and return to their loved ones and to society.
We would like to extend special thanks to Robert Kovacik of KNBC, our emcee for the evening, and express our gratitude to everyone who attended and supported Salute, most notably our sponsors.
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