Dr. Garcia promoted equal treatment for all those serving in the armed forces. In 1948, he wrote to the local draft board protesting discrimination against Spanish-speaking draftees.
Dr. Garcia advocated personally for the people who came to him for help. In this letter, he requests a delay in deployment for the son of a sick patient.
In this letter, the Barrera family thanks Dr. Garcia and the AGIF for honoring the sacrifice of their son, a private killed in Vietnam.
The AGIF made funeral arrangements for soldiers killed overseas.
Dr. Garcia wanted the government to recognize the sacrifice and bravery of soldiers from minority groups. In this photograph, he poses with Latino Medal of Honor recipients.
Dr. Garcia’s commitment to America’s soldiers and veterans never wavered. He became a personal advocate for thousands of soldiers, providing medical care, arranging funeral services, and supporting the families of the fallen. Throughout the Vietnam War he also made an effort to greet returning coffins at the Corpus Christi airport, firm in his belief that “It is the least I can do for them.”