Marta Vazquez is a military veteran in the Valley. She was born in Honduras but served in the U.S. Army for 10 years.
Now as a disabled warrior, she is still doing her duty to help those in need while in quarantine battling the coronavirus.
But this time, her mission is personal. She’s helping people in Honduras, her home country, which was hit hard by tropical storm Eta last week.
“Since I was a child, I have this memory of the U.S. military arriving to help us during disasters. So not only I’m Honduran, I'm also American, a veteran and U.S. military. And I have those values of what an American is and what an American does,” stated Vazquez.
Eta’s devastation across Central America left a dead toll of at least 57, according to the Associated Press.
Vazquez says she has been in direct contact with the fire department of Choloma, a municipality in Honduras. The videos shared with Vazquez of the devastation in this area, show communities destroyed and flood waters still high in neighborhoods.
“There are still people in trees waiting to be rescued and under bridges waiting to be fed. The government isn’t doing much,” said Vazquez.
But Vazquez isn’t giving up. She has joined efforts with the non-profit organization One Hundred Angels Foundation to send relief to Honduras.
“Donate, please donate to One Hundred Angels so I can continue helping mothers and children. Not only to honor me as a veteran, but us, together to prove what being an American is like. We’re always the face of the world, that we are present, that we’re giving. That’s what it means to me to be an American,” expressed Vazquez.
If you would like to honor her service as a member of the U.S. military on this veteran's day, Vazquez encourages to donate to https://onehundredangels.org