Support Deported Veterans

Hector Barajas served our country honorably in the US Army with the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army.

After an honorable discharge from the Army, Barajas had a difficult time adapting to civilian life. He developed a substance abuse problem. He was in a car when a firearm was discharged and was convicted for the crime of shooting at an inhabited vehicle.

Hector served a year in prison and upon release  was handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and promptly deported to Mexico.

Hundreds, potentially thousands of veterans who believed they were on their way to becoming citizens when they served in our military have been deported. More info on deported veterans here. 

While living in Tijuana, Hector set up the Deported Veterans Support House , whose mission is to "support deported veterans on their path to self-sufficiency by providing assistance in the realms of food, clothing, shelter and resource centers as they adjust to life in their new country of residence."

A year ago, California Governor Jerry Brown granted Hector a full pardon which allowed him to apply for citizenship.  On March 29th, Hector received the news that he would be sworn in as a citizen on April 13th in San Diego.

As Hector readjusts to his life in the US, including being re-united with his young daughter, he could use some help getting back on his feet. Additionally, the Deported Veterans Supports House will continue to go on serving veterans who have been deported.

Donations to this GoFundMe will go to helping Hector (50%) and supporting the Deported Veterans Support House (50%). 

More info: 

Washington Post: "A deported veteran has been granted U.S. citizenship, after 14 years of living in Mexico"

San Diego Union Tribune: "Deported veteran leader Hector Barajas is 'coming home"

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