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Stan Chambers to emcee Veterans Home of California ribbon-cutting ceremony

Posted: June 9, 2010 3:30 p.m.
Updated: June 8, 2010 3:30 p.m.

Los Angeles – The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) has announced that Stan Chambers, former U. S. Navy Veteran and award-winning pioneer Los Angeles news reporter, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the upcoming Dedication and Ribbon-Cutting ceremony for the beautiful, new Veterans Home of California, West Los Angeles.

Chambers is largely considered one of the most admired and respected television news journalists in Los Angeles history.

The eagerly anticipated event will be held on “Flag Day,” Monday, June 14 at 10 a.m. at the new Veterans Home of California—West Los Angeles, located at 800 Bringham Avenue, Los Angeles on the grounds of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, where 17 acres of land were transferred from the VA to the State of California for sole purpose of the Veterans Home.

This exciting event is open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to save the date and come out to celebrate and honor Veterans.

Construction for the 396-bed Veterans Home of California—West Los Angeles began in July, 2007. Levels of care will include a 252-bed Skilled Nursing Unit, a 60-bed Alzheimer’s/dementia or “memory care” unit and an 84-bed Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE), or assisted living unit.

The estimated cost is $187 million and was funded in partnership with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as an expression of gratitude toward California’s deserving Veterans.

This Veterans Home is one of three to be recently constructed in Southern California—and will be home to 396 wonderful Veterans. Two additional Veterans Homes opened in late 2009 in Lancaster and Ventura. Future sites include Fresno and Redding.

Born in 1923 in Los Angeles, and after serving in the United States Navy, Chambers attended Loyola University and USC, where he came upon the first student-run radio station in the country, giving him his transition into journalism. Chambers has been with KTLA Channel 5 since December 1, 1947, shortly after KTLA became the first commercially-licensed TV station in the western United States, when there were only about 300 television sets in Los Angeles.

In more than six decades of reporting news for KTLA’s Channel 5, Stan Chambers’ journalistic integrity and commitment to Los Angeles communities have made him a role model. He has covered every major news event in Los Angeles history.

Chambers has interviewed Presidents, former and current heads of state, and has covered major fires, floods, earthquakes and much more—and always gives his signature optimistic and personal touch to his in-depth news reporting.

In 1987, Chambers was part of the on-air team that provided two days of continuous coverage of the visit by Pope John Paul II in Los Angeles. He also provided KTLA’s well-known broadcast for the Tournament of Roses Parade almost every year since 1949, for which he received a special award for Rose Parade broadcast excellence.

Stan Chambers has earned several Emmy and Golden Mike Awards, Los Angeles City and County Proclamations, an LA Press Club Award, and a "Star" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And each year, he presents the “Stan Chambers Journalism Award,” designed to develop journalism skills for high school seniors.

The “Stan Chambers Building” at KTLA was dedicated in his honor for over 50 years of dedicated service. His grandson, Jamie Chambers, became a KTLA news reporter in 2003.

CalVet’s mission is to promote and deliver the benefits provided by the grateful State of California to its deserving Veterans and their families—with a vision for California’s Veterans to live the highest quality of life with dignity and honor. It is the Department’s goal to provide the best long-term care and enhanced quality of life for all California Veterans Home residents.

These Homes provide California’s Veterans with a living environment that protects their dignity and contributes to their feeling of self-reliance and self-worth. The Homes’ amenities are intended to provide residents excellent care in a homelike environment and foster a sense of community.

To be eligible for admission, an applicant must be age 62 or older (or younger if disabled), a resident of California, and have served honorably in the military.

Veterans Homes of California are also in operation in Yountville, Chula Vista, Barstow, Ventura and Lancaster. Future sites include Redding and Fresno.

As a United States Navy Veteran, an Emmy Award winner, a California Native, an author and someone who has served Los Angeles for over 60 years and reported over 20,000 stories, the California Department of Veterans Affairs is honored to have Mr. Chambers make history again as the Master of Ceremonies at the Veterans Home of California – West Los Angeles Dedication and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony June 14!

This story is posted in The Signal's SCV Raw section. Click here for more information about SCV Raw.


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