Veterans Hospital

A. Klondike

There is much in the news these days regarding health care facilities, including in your April 10th edition: two front page stories and the entire back page, mentioning Long Beach Memorial, College Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, Community Hospital and field hospitals at Long Beach City College and the Long Beach Arena. The “USNS Mercy,” a hospital ship stands at the ready in San Pedro.

A facility not mentioned and one near and dear to my heart is the “Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center” located at 5901 E. 7th Street. It serves a unique clientele: the men and women who have served our country in the Armed Forces. The hospital is named in honor of Tibor Rubin, who was awarded the “Medal of Honor.” Visitors are not allowed access to the hospital due to the COVID-19 outbreak. But you don’t need to gain access to get a glimpse of what is going on there.

Take a ride down 7th Street and you will see what I mean. Perhaps when this situation returns to normal you can visit the site and you will see what a remarkable place sits in our midst. Many people are so impressed that they become more involved and spend time with the veterans as members of the volunteer staff.

I’m not an employee or volunteer – just a grateful veteran,



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