In honor of the 247th Birthday of the United States Marines and the upcoming Veterans Day, we are honoring some of our workforce that also proudly served our Country. Obed Garcia joined the United States Marines right out of high school in 1997 and served his country until 2004. While his military service is very important to him, he is very humble in talking about those days. To honor his fellow service men and women, he has organized a truck group to come out to Edinburg, TX to be part of the Veterans Day parade to help honor those men and women that have proudly served their country.
After serving his country, Obed was looking for a way he could continue that service in his local community, which brought him to serving with the Red Cross. Obed’s journey with the American Red Cross started when he first learned that there was a need for Spanish speaking volunteers in his community in 2019. His first role with the Red Cross was as a communications volunteer and he quickly transitioned into a Disaster Action Team Responder. As he grew in his career, it led him to his next accomplishment of becoming a Disaster Program Specialist for the South Texas chapter. His goal was to work with the Colonias and vulnerable communities in his chapter. During his time in South Texas, he supported the territory as the interim Disaster Program Manager. In January 2022, Obed had the opportunity to transition to support the Texas Gulf Coast Region as the Regional Direct Client Services Manager. During his time with the Red Cross, Obed has deployed to 16 disasters across the states.
To learn how you can get involved like Obed did, go to redcross.org/volunteer to sign up today.