Deported US veteran returns to El Paso de Juarez after 28 years

JUAREZ, Chihuahua — U.S. Navy veteran Gerardo Sotelo Pinales is set to return to his hometown of El Paso after spending 28 years in Juarez.

He was expelled after he started using drugs at a young age.

Sotelo lived in a homeless shelter in Juarez. He suffered from different health problems in Juarez. He had his leg amputated due to diabetes in March.

He was allowed to cross the border today in his wheelchair through the Bridge of the Americas. Deported veterans joined him as he walked back through his hometown.

Different organizations helped bring him back to El Paso; they will begin Gerardo’s return trip to Chamizal Park in Juarez before crossing the bridge on Monday morning.

Gerardo served on the USS Iwo Jima; his entire family lives in El Paso.

Lorelei Horse Stands Waiting spoke with ABC-7 about her nonprofit organization called “All Relations United,” which helps veterans who have been left behind, including deported veterans.

If you want to contact Lorelei’s organization, you can search for their Facebook page as “All Relations United” or click here for the organization’s website.


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