CALEXICO, Calif. - A local group said no veteran should be forgotten, even the homeless ones.
The Calexico Brown Bag Coalition and the American Legion Post #90 launched a campaign this week to buy and install a plaque for Calexico homeless Vietnam Veteran Alejandro Joseph Rodriguez.
Rodriguez was struck by a car recently as he crossed a street. He died from his injuries. His small dog was adopted by the owner of a local car wash who knew him well.
Brown Bag Coalition Co-Founder Maribel Padilla said the plaque will be the only way to honor and remember Rodriguez since his ashes will be scattered at sea later this year.
“If we have a plaque for him, he's gone but not forgotten. And more so because he was a homeless person. Homeless people – nobody thinks about them. This way, he'll always have his plaque. He was at the war; he did his duty for this country and I don't think he should be overlooked even if he was homeless,” Padilla said.
Anyone who wants to donate towards the purchase and installation of the plaque can contact the Calexico Brown Bag Coalition at their Facebook page.