EAST VINCENT - With the opening of the newest facility in the Southeastern Veterans Center complex, some officials are looking at this as the perfect opportunity to further incorporate the veteran residents into the community.
'So often, the veterans homes are separated from the community,' said state Sen. Andy Dinniman, (D-19). 'We want to do our best to integrate the veterans into the community.'
As such, Dinniman and East Vincent Supervisors Chairman Mark Dunphy said they are looking to add a park near the veterans center to bring the general public and the center's residents closer.
'The park is planned as one of the venues to bring the community together,' Dunphy said.
Dinniman said he helped procure land for the township for free from the state around the armory for a park that would be open to both the veterans and the citizens of the community.
'It brings together these young children with our veterans,' Dunphy said.
Many East Vincent residents aren't even aware of the Southestern Center, Dunphy said, which, especially after the opening of the new facility, is a point of pride for the township.
'The people that live (in the Southeastern Veterans Center) are East Vincent residents, voters,' Dunphy said. 'We as a community need to bring them together with everyone.'
Too often, Dunphy said, the center is isolated.
The objective now for both Dinniman and Dunphy is to secure funding for the park. Dinniman said it's a priority because of the new focus on the veterans home.
'What's happening (at the center) is you have a philosophy of care,' Dinniman said.
The senator plans to hold an open house in the building at some point in September with his colleague, state Sen. John Rafferty, R-44th, to further integrate the veterans and the residents of Chester County as a whole and to show the public what he called something 'we can all be proud of.'