America’s First Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Hector P. Garcia, Founder of the American GI Forum is Celebrated in a new Documentary

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Dr. Garcia received this nation’s highest civilian award, the Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan for his civil rights leadership, long before Martin Luther King’s rise to civil rights fame. The documentary also includes Mexico’s only entry into a foreign war, via Squadron 201. Esquadron 201 and its 300 pilots and support personnel who trained and participated in combat operations with the Americans in the Philippines, during World War II.

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Dr. Hector P. Garcia, who was America’s first civil rights leader and founder of the American GI Forum, the largest Hispanic Veteran’s Organization in the nation, is the principal in a new documentary.

The documentary reviews Dr. Garcia’s military history and his involvement in human rights for migrant workers in South Texas and the inhumane treatment of Hispanic Veterans after World War II. Hispanics are the most decorated of any ethnic group in American history and the documentary demonstrates the government’s poor treatment of returning Hispanic veterans after WWII.

Dr. Garcia received this nation’s highest civilian award, the Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan for his civil rights leadership, long before Martin Luther King’s rise to civil rights fame. He was an alternate Ambassador to the United Nations and has been recognized for his leadership and services to this nation on many occasions. As a medical doctor, he treated migrant and poor Hispanics, often receiving nothing in return, except their undying gratitude.

The documentary also includes Mexico’s only entry into a foreign war, via Squadron 201. Esquadron 201 and its 300 pilots and support personnel who trained and participated in combat operations with the Americans in the Philippines, during World War II. Interviews with pilots and support personnel are included of this famous and heroic group.

Felix Longoria was killed in the Philippines during WWII and the funeral home in his hometown of Three Rivers, Texas would not allow his wake to be held at the funeral home, because the “whites would not like it”. The documentary shows Dr. Garcia’s and the American GI Forum actions to make sure he would be given all rights deserving of an American hero, who gave his life for this country.

The documentary, shown recently to AGIF members in Fort Worth, Texas received a standing ovation and was heralded as “a documentary every Hispanic should see.” This DVD or VHS can be obtained from the production company, Digital 2000, Inc., for only $19.95, plus S/H and tax if you are a Texas resident. For more information, go to http://www.militarydocumentaries.com

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