The writing was thought-provoking, and I enjoyed the little instances of humor that were thrown in.
The Hungry Monster Book Review
During an era of contentious debate about immigration, especially regarding immigrants from Mexico, Tinoco provides a fascinatingly complex perspective as a first-generation American citizen.
This is a touching, heartfelt story of survival and overcoming struggle.
Michelle Dwyer, You First Review
This book is riveting and engaging from the first page to the last. I enjoyed every moment and honestly was sad when it was over.
Kathryn Bennet, Reader’s Favorite
A well-told tale, Proud American is one of those stories that succinctly captures what it takes to succeed as a migrant in the United States.
Arya Fomonyuy, Reader’s Favorite
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Being the only child of a single mother, Sergio was raised by his maternal grandparents in a South Texas region better known as the Rio Grande Valley. This memoir details the upbringing of a poor Migrant worker of Mexican descent having to pick crops for a living since the age of seven. As a way to break from the family cycle of picking crops and depending on government welfare programs, he joined the United States Army and served ten years active duty. He deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina shortly after the Bosnian War only to find and deal with the aftermath of the genocide that took place there and be caught in the middle of several attacks. His experiences in Bosnia ultimately led to experiencing signs and symptoms related to PTSD. After completing ten years of military service, Sergio joined the U.S. Border Patrol. Being of Mexican descent, having family in south Texas, and in Mexico gave way to new issues of having to counter threats against his family and ill-willed opinions of him for arresting and deporting “his own kind”.
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Bravery, hard work, and perseverance – Sergio Tinoco lived by these qualities to escape the life of a humble migrant laborer in the United States. Follow his journey from a bullied child who struggled with learning English to a man who has lived through war, tragedy, and poverty and came out on top.
Between the Army and the DHS, he has worked in government service for over twenty years. He earned a master’s degree in organizational management. His wife, also a military veteran, works for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Together, they strive to provide greater opportunities and aspirations to their kids.
Connect with Sergio Tinoco through his website, www.proudamericanjourney.com