Tony Zapata’s patriotism is working for veterans

Youth Media for Building Healthy Communities

Tony Zapata, a 69-year-old Vietnam veteran and Boyle Heights resident, found his calling working with and advocating for veterans. He works with soldiers struggling with addictions and other mental health issues like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Finding housing and services for vets is a priority for Zapata in his work. “The system right now is flooded with young men coming back, and it’s hard to get into some of these programs. I always try to get the guys that need their medical [benefits] at the head of the line. And jobs are hard to find right now.”  Read the full interview from Memorial Day on Boyle Heights Beat.

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About tjmcfee

Freelance writer. Activist on homeless issues. 48 years old. I write about subjects that need to be examined closely and thoughtfully. The idea for Brain Sections came from reading a book about abandoned asylums. I wanted to set a suspense story in that setting. The inclusion of crazed scientists turning homeless people into zombies is what makes the story unique. View all posts by tjmcfee

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