texas history - dr hector p garcia
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Dr. Hector P. Garcia was born on January 17, 1914 in Llera, Mexico. He grew up Mercedes, Texas.
He spent the rest of his life in Texas. Here in Texas, he earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Texas.
Soon, Garcia served in the army with the distinction of World War ll.
In 1946, Hector opened a medical practice where he realized the struggles of veterans and migrant workers. Realizing this struggle, he decided to do something about it.
Dr. Hector P. Garcia decided to solve the problem of the struggle of veterans and migrant workers by creating the American G.I. Forum. The G.I. Forum helped fight veterans for better education, medical benefits, fought against poll taxes and school segregation as well. Because of this act, President Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Dr. Hector P. Garcia became the first Mexican-American to ever be given this award.
On July 26, 1996 Dr. Hector P. Garcia had died. Garcia became know of one of the most respected Hispanic leaders, also creator of the G.I. Forum
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