VP Kamala Harris calls Springfield Vietnam vet to thank him for his service

Hampden County

(WWLP) – Monday was National Vietnam War Veterans Day and one local vet got a very special phone call to thank him for his service. 

Gumersindo Gomez received a call from Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday, and she even posted a photo to her Facebook page. 

VP Harris called Gomez to thank him for his service in Vietnam, his 20 years of service in uniform, and the work he continues to do for veterans. 

“She was down to Earth with us, she wanted to know about the community, I explained to her about at home shots being brought to our neighborhood and she was delighted because in our neighborhood the elderly didn’t want to leave their homes,” said Gomez.

Gomez is the executive director of the Western Mass Bi-lingual Veterans Outreach Center, which provides free meals to military families facing difficulties.

“We talked about the money that’s being spent. I told her we got a whole bunch that are not happy because they have not received their stimulus checks, ‘Gumersindo, let them know they’re coming,'” said Gomez.

Gomez was among at least two dozen veterans who were applauded at a ceremony in Springfield last year for their service. The ceremony came to a close with the traditional laying of the wreaths on the monuments along Veteran’s Way.

Five generations of his family have also served in the military. 

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