Vietnam War veteran fears he could be deported

*This Vietnam veteran, born in Mexico, was awarded two Purple Hearts and given U.S. citizenship after his service. He’s misplaced his documents and after paying $345 the government wants more proof that he is who he says he is. He’s afraid he’ll be deported because he can’t prove he’s a U.S. citizen. VL


By Ashlei King, Sinclair Broadcast Group (3.5 minute read)  

SAN ANTONIO – Jorge Valencia has a table full of military medals, but his two Purple Heart medals mean the most to him.

“This is the one for getting wounded,” Valencia said as he pointed to the medal.

 Right after graduating from high school Valencia followed in his older brother’s footsteps and joined the Marine Corps.

“I joined for love of God and love of country,” Valencia said.

He went to Vietnam, where he was injured not once, but twice.

“I got shot in the chest. The round went in there, tumbled around, messed up one of my intestines,” he said. “When I came back to the states, I was pretty messed up.”

Life after war was difficult. Four marriages, four divorces and a lot of hardships later, he finally married the love of his life, Alice.

“It took me 30 years and this woman to get me to where I am now,” Valencia said.

His long-sought bliss has been jolted by a new fight. This time with the Texas Department of Public Safety as he’s trying to renew his driver’s license.

READ MORE 



NewsFourSanAntonio 

Subscribe today!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Must Read

Trump leaning toward ending DACA program

Victor Landa August 25, 2017

  President Donald Trump is leaning toward ending DACA, a U.S. immigration policy the Obama administration started for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, according to multiple sources. The […]

Fact: Lee HS in San Antonio will change its name; there are no major high schools in the city named after a notable Tejano

Victor Landa August 30, 2017

Robert E. Lee High School, in San Antonio, Texas, will be changing its name. That’s what the North East Independent School Board unanimously voted to do last night. But there’s no word on […]

Motel 6 hotels sending guest lists to ICE

Victor Landa September 13, 2017

At least two Motel 6 locations in Arizona are reporting their guest lists to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officers, which has resulted in at least 20 arrests, according to […]

Top Trump Latino Slurs

Victor Landa

This wasn’t easy. It’s a difficult thing to choose the Trump Latino slurs greatest hits, there are so many to choose from. But I was up for the challenge. First, […]

She Was a Realtor. And a Gang Leader.

Victor Landa September 26, 2017

When Irene Rodriguez died last year at 72 of complications from Parkinson’s, Calvary Mortuary in East Los Angeles filled with mourners. A video screen showed photos of her beaming at […]

Waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico to Help Rebuild its Infrastructure and Economy

Victor Landa

Everyone has seen the unprecedented devastation in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  The entire island is without power and thousands of Americans may die.  Many […]

Study Shows the Racial Gap with Latinos and Drug Sentencing

Victor Landa August 25, 2017

  It’s no secret there are ethnic and racial disparities in the U.S. prison system. A study recently examined the large gap concerning drug sentencing in American prisons. The research, published by Recovery, […]

Even With Affirmative Action, Blacks and Hispanics Are More Underrepresented at Top Colleges Than 35 Years Ago

Victor Landa August 24, 2017

Even after decades of affirmative action, black and Hispanic students are more underrepresented at the nation’s top colleges and universities than they were 35 years ago, according to a New […]