Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Military Veteran & Award-Winning Author, Helps Launch "Veterans in Support of Immigration Reform" in Washington, D.C.
Daughter of immigrants educated at Berkeley believes educational attainment, military readiness and immigration reform go hand in hand; she'll share her unique story and make her case Monday at the National Press Club
Ms. Tiscareño-Sato, a former English Language Learner, will provide attendees a unique perspective of being born female to Mexican immigrants and how she came to receive an Air Force ROTC scholarship to Berkeley that launched her military aviation career as an officer. The White House honored her as a Champion of Change, Woman Veteran Leader two years ago for her creative work as a publisher to raise educational expectations for Latino students. At the National Press Club, the speaker will share highlights and benefits of her nine years of service that included thousands of hours airborne in a KC-135R refueling tanker, an Air Medal earned over Iraq and assignments with NATO in Italy and the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador.
"A White House staffer suggested we invite Graciela to this panel because her family's journey, her military service and professional accomplishments will perfectly amplify the critical intersection between immigration and military service that hasn't been fully explored yet," said Octavio A. Hinojosa Mier, Veterans for New Americans Coordinator at National Immigration Forum. "Ms. Tiscareño-Sato will make critical connections for our attendees on Monday so our policy makers will begin to appreciate the huge pool of young immigrants (and their future children) who can play critical roles in our national defense and security today and for decades to come, both as enlisted members and in the officer ranks. Allowing undocumented youth a chance to earn legal status through military service is a logical and mutually beneficial step that's needed."
Today as a social entrepreneur, publisher and keynote speaker, Ms. Tiscareño-Sato puts her multilingual, multicultural, global life experiences to use bringing inspiration and motivation to children and adults in our nation's schools, libraries, universities and educational conferences.
"I'm thrilled to add my perspective to this event," said Ms. Tiscareño-Sato. "My mission and passion is to inspire my fellow Americans while showcasing the positive contributions of Latino Americans in the USA. I'm a bilingual storyteller who advocates for my diverse Latino community and for higher educational expectations from educators who serve kids like me who started school speaking fluent Spanish. What a blessing to be asked to contribute my voice to Veterans for New Americans during this important conversation about how America's immigrants and undocumented youth can play important roles in our national security while earning their path toward citizenship."
The Veterans in Support of Immigration Reform will take place November 14th at the National Press Club Lisagor Room, 529 14th N.W. in Washington, D.C. Registration link is here.
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