ATLANTA– A Soldier’s household, geographically separated by a physique of water, impressed soccer desires and healthcare profession passions that helped him dwell a life fulfilled.
At the moment serving on the Atlanta Group Vaccination Heart, U.S. Military Personal Juan Rojas, fight medic assigned to sixth Squadron, eighth Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade, third Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia, mentioned previous to emigrating to the USA and becoming a member of the navy, he lived a humble life in Cuba together with his household.
Rising up in Havana, Cuba
Rojas grew up together with his mother and father and sister in Havana. It was commonplace to dip his Pan Cubano (Cuban bread) in sizzling chocolate for breakfast, one thing he remarked was nice. Enjoying barefoot soccer on the street and going to highschool crammed the times. To him, as a result of the web was not simply accessible, sports activities was an important escape.
He recalled his mother was very strict with him when it got here to highschool and sports activities.
“She didn’t like once I performed sports activities as a result of I had a whole lot of accidents,” mentioned Rojas. “She pushed me to maintain going to highschool and would have killed me if I skipped to play sports activities.”
His older cousins could have performed a component in a few of his accidents on account of them being older and “more durable” when he performed baseball or soccer within the rain, however have been one of many causes he beloved sports activities in response to Rojas.
“I attempted very laborious to please my mother and pop. They anticipated me to do in addition to Leidy, my sister, at school,” mentioned Rojas. “I at all times needed to be a medic. My sister is a pediatric nurse in Cuba and I look as much as her, she’s actually sensible.”
He and his sister by no means argued. At a younger age, she took him to locations and let him hang around along with her pals. A job mannequin to him, Rojas mentioned she was very supportive and their relationship was good.
Across the age of 16, the common-or-garden lifetime of taking part in soccer together with his large cousins and spending time together with his sister, who he adores, would come to an finish.
“My dad and my mother separated once I moved to the states,” mentioned Rojas.
His mother determined each of them would meet up with kin within the U.S.
“My mother’s 4 sisters and my grandparents migrated to the U.S.,” mentioned Rojas. “I used to be completely happy to maneuver, however in the beginning it was robust. Not with the ability to communicate English was intimidating. However I began making pals.”
Columbia, South Carolina
Rojas and his mother moved to Greenville, South Carolina, and some years later settled in Columbia, S.C. the place he capitalized on one in all his passions.
“My mother is an enormous baseball fan and likes to swim,” mentioned Rojas. “She would get up late at night time to look at the baseball groups in Cuba. Her staff was Villa Clara, my staff was Industriales. My staff is best.”
Rojas mentioned his aggressive nature comes from his mother, which is what drove him to coach with a neighborhood soccer staff.
“My dream and objective was to play skilled soccer, I skilled with the Soda Metropolis soccer staff in Columbia,” mentioned Rojas. “That’s all I used to be doing, figuring out and taking part in soccer. I spent summers operating and taking part in, and went to the seaside simply to work out.”
Rojas mentioned his odd jobs and a brief stint at a technical college learning radiology didn’t pan out.
“Proper earlier than I joined the navy, I used to be a soccer coach for personal colleges, some of the humbling finest experiences of my life,” mentioned Rojas. “Instructing the sport I like with two-eight year-olds, and serving to them develop was nice.”
When Rojas determined he wanted to do extra for himself, he selected the Military.
His mother didn’t approve.
“We’re like a canine and cat. She may be very protecting and didn’t need me to affix the navy,” mentioned Rojas. “She would cry and yell at me and mentioned ‘I didn’t deliver you to this nation so that you can be a part of.’”
Although his mother was mad, Rojas mentioned she understood that it was time to do one thing essential in his life.
Since that point, round 2019 when he enlisted, Rojas has expressed his pleasure for serving as a fight medic and supporting the state-run, federally supported neighborhood vaccination heart. His expertise supporting COVID-19 vaccinations at his house station in Fort Stewart, Georgia aided his consolation degree supporting in Atlanta.
Atlanta Group Vaccination Heart
“It’s nice being out right here and I’m snug administering the vaccines,” mentioned Rojas. “I made a whole lot of pals working with the Troopers, and our state and federal companions.”
His supervisor on the CVC said that his flexibility, willingness to assist his fellow battle buddies, and exhibiting up early to assist with setup has made him stand out.
“He has been prepared to cowl down on any place and ensure sufferers have the perfect expertise contained in the Group Vaccination Heart,” mentioned U.S. Military Sgt. Don Melville, a fight medic and Atlanta native assigned to 703rd Brigade Assist Battalion, third Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. “He is a superb Soldier with a vibrant future.”
Dwelling a humble life in Havana, shifting at age 16, mentoring younger adults to play the game he loves, after which becoming a member of the U.S. Military, Rojas regarded again and mirrored on his life.
“My dad has mentioned the world is yours. He provides me the boldness to beat any scenario,” mentioned Rojas. “My mother is my #1, being with out my dad was robust, I wouldn’t be right here with out her.”
|Date Posted:||05.21.2021 18:20|
|Location:||ATLANTA, GA, US|
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