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The NYC Veterans Oral History Project: Rudy Garcia, Veteran Interview

February 13, 2013

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Brief Biography:

Rudy Garcia recorded his oral history on February 13th, 2013 at the James J. Peters Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Bronx, NY. Mr. Garcia was an E-4 in the United States Air Force serving in Afghanistan and Iraq from 1995-2003. After going to an air show with his brother, Mr. Garcia decided to enlist in the Air Force and chose to be C141 aircraft load master. In this interview, Mr. Garcia describes some of his most influential and memorable missions. Currently, Mr. Garcia is an employee of the New York Public Library and is working towards his masters degree. Mr. Garcia’s goal is to earn his Ph.D and be a professor.

Major points in interview:
  • 3:37: Garcia decides to join the Air Force
  • 5:10: Description of training camp
  • 7:10: The joy of meeting new people and making friends
  • 12:05: Garcia shares the first mission he went on
  • 14:20: Other missions and places he visited
  • 19:00: Garcia leaves reservists and heads back to school
  • 20:55: The skills Garcia learned in the military and his life goals
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RudyGarcia Veteran

Thank you Rudy for your service in the Air Force. I have a brother who served in the Air Force during the Reagan years and he said that he received an excellent education for his future career when he left the Air Force as a Staff Sergeant. My brother who is a Veitnam Veteran and is now retired attends classes at the Bronx Veterans Medical Center.My father who was a World War II veteran received excellent care at the Bronx Veterans Medical Center. He died in 2008-20010