Whether overseas or home, seeking to serve
Posted on: June 26, 2012
After a nearly four-year break from college to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps, Santiago Guerrero, 24, came back to COM with a new goal. Formerly a general studies student, he now—just as he was in the military—is focused on public service. He enrolled in COM’s police academy and graduated May 25 from College of the Mainland.
A graduate of Texas City High School, Guerrero decided to join the Marines so he could serve his country, travel and stretch himself.
“I had a little bit of fight in me,” said Guerrero. “It was a good opportunity, a nice challenge.”
Stationed in Okinawa, Japan, for most of his service, Guerrero also served in Afghanistan and Thailand but was not engaged in direct combat.
Honorably discharged on Dec. 18, he enrolled at COM to pursue another career that serves the public.
He credits the military with preparing him for college. “I feel like I’m more responsible and I know what needs to be done,” he said.
The military also gave him a passion for service. “I already fought for my country. Why should I not fight for my community?” Guerrero said. “I want to do anything that I can to make it more secure at home.”
Another way he gives back is through the COM Veterans Club, an organization that helps veterans ease back into civilian life.
Members help each other by sharing their own struggles and solutions. “You have a problem that someone else had, and they will help,” Guerrero said.