Gumersindo Gomez

Director At Large

Gumersindo Gomez

Gumersindo Gomez was elected as an At-Large Director at the 18th Biennial National Convention in New Orleans, LA.

In June 1966 Gumersindo joined the U.S. Army; in December 12, 1966, went to Vietnam where he joined Co. D 3rd Battalion 21st Infantry of the 196th Light infantry Brigade. After his one-year tour in Vietnam, he made the Army a career for twenty years.

After his retirement in August 1986, he came to live in Springfield, Mass., where on August 17, 1987, he establishes the 1st Veterans Outreach Center in Springfield through the Puerto Rican Veterans Association, an Outreach Center that after thirty years continues to serve veterans and their families, today known as the Bilingual Veterans Outreach Centers of Mass., Inc., with an additional Outreach Center in Boston known as the Corporal Zayas Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center.

In 1996 Gumersindo established the Jorge Oterro-Barreto Homeless Veterans Transitional Home, and in August 2015 he opens another veterans home at 247 Pine St., which consists of eight permanent SROs. Both homes are designated as sober veterans programs to help veterans get off the streets and become productive citizens through achieving sobriety, finding employment, and negotiating their claims against the VA, Social Security, Pensions, or SSI.

In June 2014 Gomez became the VVA Massachusetts State Council President. At present Mr. Gomez is the 2nd Vice-Chair for the Conference of State Council Presidents. He has also been appointed by the National President as the National Hispanic Veterans Affairs Officer. Gumersindo is also a founding member and former president of Chapter 866. He is a life member of VVA.

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