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Veteran started U.S. life in service


November 12, 2016

Courtesy photo Valentin Cortez is a retired truck driver and mechanic and is also a U.S. Army veteran. Here he is having lunch in a restaurant while on vacation in Guatemala this year.

Valentin Cortez was born and raised in Mexico. He came to the United States at 18 years old to live in Roswell. Very near to his arrival he found himself drafted into the U.S. Army.

In October 1969, he went to Vietnam and would fight for his new...

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