Army Sergeant Joel Gomez, prior to his 2004 deployment to Iraq. On March 17, 2004, while on patrol, Sergeant Gomez suffered devastating injuries.
Army Sergent Joel Gomez in Therapy, August 18, 2004.
Army Sergent Joel Gomez seen here on November 17, 2022. Sergeant Gomez has been a quadriplegic since being injuried on March 17, 2004.
It is now reported that Army Sergeant Joel Gomez health has severely degraded and he is being transferred to an ICU at the Hines VA Hospital. His life is now in the hands of the VA. For close to two decades, Sergeant Gomez has been denied his earned military retirement. An unjust federal policy states that — a veteran like sergeant Gomez, is not worthy of his earned retirement because he did not serve 20 credible years.
You can help Sergent Gomez receive some justice right now by telling Congress to pass the Major Richard Star Act. The Major Richard Star Act will eliminate the 20 year requirement, for Sergeant Gomez, and his fellow disabled comabat veterans. Together, we can let these veterans know that their personal sacrifices are appreciated by their nation.