From an early age, Heath Garcia knew he wanted to serve his country.
It started during visits to his mom’s family in Missouri. His grandfather and his seven brothers had all been in the military, serving in World War II and Korea.
“I was fascinated by the stories he told and in awe of what my grandfather used to do,” Heath said. “I wanted to carry on that tradition.”
He joined the Army at 19 years old and served for seven years.