Héctor P. García
1914 - 1996
Civil rights leader and social activist
Born: Liera, Mexico

Dr. Héctor P. García, a physician and decorated World War II veteran, helped found the American G.I. Forum, a non-profit organization created to ensure that Hispanic veterans receive their benefits entitled under the G.I. Bill of Rights of 1944. He used judicial courts and the political system to fight all forms of discrimination against Hispanics, and his skills as a doctor to provide health care for the less privileged. He received from President Ronald Reagan in 1984 the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers, Special Collections and Archives, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Bell Library









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