WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) — A World War II veteran and longtime Trumbull County resident was honored Wednesday.
Ground was broken at the site of the new Veterans Services building on Market Street in Warren. The new building will provide better handicap accessibility for disabled veterans and more parking than the current location.
The building will be called the Samuel E. Lanza Veterans Resource Center. Lanza, who was wounded in Okinawa during Word War II, served as a veteran service commissioner for Trumbull County for 18 years.
“He’s an individual that at his own expense would put veterans in his car and take them to VA hospitals or their doctors appointments. He would take money out of his own pocket to buy a gentlemen work boots. Those are the types of things Sam did,” said Trumbull County Veterans Services Director Herman Breuer.
Construction on the $500,000 building is expected to be completed by next spring.