July 11, 2008
Congressman Bob Filner recently announced his co-sponsorship of H.Con.Res. 253, recognizing the service, courage and patriotism of Americans of Hispanic descent who have served or are serving in the United States Armed Forces.
“Latino-Americans have stepped up to serve our nation in record numbers, and unfortunately, their contributions have been largely unrecognized in American history,” said Congressman Bob Filner. “I am pleased to join other Congressional members in supporting the service of Latinos and recognizing their immense dedication and heroism.”
Men and women of Hispanic descent have served in every major military conflict in the history of the United States, and they have been awarded 42 Congressional Medals of Honor for distinguished service, receiving more of these awards than any other ethnic group. There are approximately 1,300,000 living Hispanic veterans in the US, and there are over 210,000 servicemembers of Hispanic descent serving in the United States military (as of August 2006). More than 400 Hispanics have died in Afghanistan and Iraq as of June 2007.
During World War II, Latinos faced segregation in many public institutions, but they continued to serve their country loyally and then returned from the battlefield to dismantle the racial barriers of their time. Over 400,000 Hispanic service-members served in the Armed Forces during World War II.