Volunteers help out a vet in Rowland Heights

59532-SV06-MAR-thumb-300x233-59531.jpg

Alex Cardiel’s father was never a part of his life. And his step-dad, the father of his four younger siblings, died in 1996, leaving Alex as the man of the house as a young teen. “I kind of had to assume that role,” said the 29-year-old Rowland Heights resident.

But after long being the one to take care of others, Cardiel this week was the recipient of some much-needed care from the community.

After graduating from Diamond Bar High School in 2000, Cardiel signed up with the U.S. Marine Corps, hoping to set a good example for his brothers and sister. He was on his second tour in Iraq when a fuel truck rigged with a car bomb exploded nearby.

“In that blast I was picked up and I was thrown, and I crashed into my best friend (in midair). It picked him up and threw him,” Cardiel said.

Read more in J. Velasco’s story MARINE.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>