Pic of Deported Veterans Saluting Flag Goes Viral

Soyeon Kim
Military VA Loan contributor

You may have seen it over the weekend on Veteran’s Day. A photo of several deported veterans saluting the flag celebrating Memorial Day Taken by photojournalist Herika Martinez for the Agence France-Presse news agency.

The photo of six men are veterans who served for in United States military. These men joined in the hopes of gaining citizenship but were denied and deported.

NBC News in May reported that worldwide there are approximately 230 people who served un the U.S military but were denied.

Serving in the military does not automatically confer citizenship, but does make the process easier. But Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro told NBC he believes these men should have been allowed to become citizens.

“Many, if not most, were legal permanent residents, who were eligible to become citizens and perhaps never applied — they stood up for their country and put their lives on the line.”

What led to their deportation? Full story here