Governor Schwarzenegger was Tuesday’s KVML "Newsmaker of the Day". Here are his words:
"Hello, this is Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger with another California Report.
I am proud to tell you that this week we broke ground on new veterans’ homes in both Fresno and in Redding.
Veterans came from all over to celebrate because this has been a long, long time in coming.
These homes had been caught up in red tape and delays and delays. Our veterans deserve better.
That’s why my Administration put together a plan to build five new veterans homes to serve more veterans than ever before.
I directed my Department of Veterans Affairs to work with the federal government, and to make sure that these homes were built.
We have now invested $568 million in federal and state funds in veterans’ homes.
And as you all know, we’ve gone through some very difficult budget times.
But here’s the big but, we never let our commitment to our veterans waiver. That’s the important thing.
We have now opened homes in Ventura and Lancaster.
And in less than three weeks, we will open up our newest home in West Los Angeles.
And, of course, we have broken ground now on the homes in Fresno and Redding.
We have now invested more in California veterans’ homes than any other administration.
Being Governor of the great state of California is a great privilege.
One of the greatest privileges is being able to give back to the men and women who have sacrificed everything for this great state and country.
I believe we have an obligation to ensure that every veteran has access to an education, employment and medical care.
We have an obligation to ensure that no veteran is left homeless and on the street.
And as an immigrant to this great country, I am especially grateful for the sacrifices our veterans have made.
They are the reason that this is the land of opportunity.
They are the reason we live in freedom and with liberty.
So we honor our veterans. We honor their sacrifice.
And, we thank them. Thank you for what you have done.
And thank you for watching, and thank you for listening."
The "Newsmaker of the Day" is heard every weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.
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