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My dad, my hero, is a veteran

Erin Rodriguez

Special to the Village News

My dad is a proud United States Veteran. Richard Rodriguez, who is now a Bonsall resident, served in the United States Marine Corps. He happily served as a Marine up until his life-changing accident in the field. My dad had gotten into a truck accident driving a gas refueler, which led to the amputation of his left arm. After the amputation, he was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps.

Dad later furthered his career by attending and graduating from California State University Northridge. He then went on to work for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a Chief Director of Prosthetics. And finally, after 36 years of his work there, he retired in 2021.

My dad is continuing to enjoy retirement, happily married to his wife of 24 years, with his two daughters both away at California State Universities, and with his two dogs at home. I am so happy to have a U.S. Veteran as my dad and my hero as he constantly shows me how to be a hardworking, determined, and dedicated United States Veteran. On Veterans Day, I would like to honor my dad, my hero, Richard Rodriguez.


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