Reprinted with permission from DCReport.org
The only way deported Vietnam veteran Manuel de Jesus Castano was able to get back in the country he had considered his home was to die.
He was buried with full military honors at Fort Bliss, near El Paso, Texas.
The American Civil Liberties Union has documented at least 200 cases of deported veterans who aren’t American citizens. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-Texas) has sponsored H.R. 3429, to bring home deported veterans or prevent them from being deported.
“These veterans served our nation honorably,” Gonzalez said. “This legislation is our chance to bring back our deported veterans and make sure that the federal government takes better care of all those who put their lives on the line for our freedom.”