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From Nicaraguan refugee to Army NCO

from We Are The Mighty

Those who consider the military always have a reason for joining. Whether to continue a family tradition of service, or to see the world, the decision is life changing. "I remember growing up and seeing Nicaraguans killed, or jailed for protesting against the government. At that time it wasn't a safe place to be," said Staff Sgt. Orlando Alvarez, a parachute rigger assigned to the Group Support Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). "Deciding to leave was the toughest decision I've had to make in my life." In 2013, while speaking very little English, Alvarez moved with his wife, Lucila, to the United States, and joined the Army. His main reason for joining was to eventually be in a position to give back to the country that took him in as a refugee while affording him freedoms that he enjoys today. more


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