A Coincidental Conversation in an Uber: Wise Words from a First-Generation Cuban-American Vietnam Veteran

Picture this: you get into an Uber on your way to the airport in Los Angeles, and after some light exchanges with your driver, you learn that he is a Vietnam veteran. The infamous LA traffic fades away as you learn more about his life and service, and before you know it, thirty minutes have gone by and you're already at the airport. Well, that's what happened to Ron Hirschberg the other week as he was a podcast conference in Los Angeles. In a first for Home Base Nation, we're excited to bring you into the field with Ron to meet Otty Garcia, a first-generation Cuban American who served for four years overseas in Vietnam, and to learn a bit about his story, his advice to younger soldiers and veterans today, and more. So, hop into the car and come along for the ride! 


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Theme music for Home Base Nation: "Rolling the tree" by The Butler Frogs
Music within episode from Free Music Archive, and include clips from "Really Beautiful, My Mambo" (Jean Toba) and "De Cuba" (SONGO 21)
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The Home Base Nation Team is Steve Monaco, Maureen Roderick, Laurie Gallagher, Karianne Kraus, Lucy Little, Taylor Orlando, with COO Michael Allard, Brigadier General Jack Hammond, and Peter Smyth

Producer and Host: Dr. Ron Hirschberg
Producer, Sound, Editor: Lucy Little
Chairman, Home Base Media Lab: Peter Smyth

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