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In Temecula, Valentine's Day is 'We Love Juan Dominguez Day'


All across the land today is Valentine's Day.

And in Temecula it is also "We Love Juan Dominguez Day" by order of Mayor Chuck Washington.

Dominguez, 27, a Marine corporal, plans to live in Temecula. He lost his legs and an arm to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2010 while deployed to Helmand province with the Camp Pendleton-based 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation are raising funds to build an adapted home for Dominguez in Temecula. Sinise's Lt. Dan Band is headlining a benefit concert March 1 at Temecula City Hall.

Dominguez is an out-patient at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. An 11 a.m. ceremony is planned in his honor on the steps of City Hall.

"We love our heroes," Washington said.


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Photo: Marine Cpl. Juan Dominguez undergoes therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2011. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

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