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Loreto Mendoza Jr.

Loreto Mendoza Jr., a 24-old future radiology technician, is currently enrolled in the Liberal Arts degree program.

“Here in the KCC Veterans Resource Center, my job is to help the veterans and dependents that attend school here,” Loreto said. “I help them by processing their enrollment certificate request form so that they can use their benefits like the Post 9/11 GI Bill or the Vocational Rehabilitation.”

Loreto Mendoza Jr., a 24-old future radiology technician, is currently enrolled in the Liberal Arts degree program.

“Here in the KCC Veterans Resource Center, my job is to help the veterans and dependents that attend school here,” Loreto said. “I help them by processing their enrollment certificate request form so that they can use their benefits like the Post 9/11 GI Bill or the Vocational Rehabilitation.”

Loreto is from Kahului, Maui and has lived on O‘ahu for two years. In his free time, he goes to the gym and enjoys to go spearfishing. He also plays Fortnite which he says is an “awesome game!” Loreto plans to be accepted into KCC’s radiology technician program this summer.

“This month I plan to go back to Maui to go camping and spearfishing,” Lorento said. “I’m really excited to go see family and friends.

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    Born in Georgia and raised in the valleys of California, Savannah Mecchella is working towards a degree in Liberal Arts (Occupational Therapy) while juggling her responsibilities as a member of the military police. Her decision to join the corps (what corps? the Marine Corps?) happened on a whim: she was recruited right off high school and did not give it much thought at the time. “Military was never in my mind, until a recruiter came and talked to me,” she said. Although she didn’t think she would like the army life at first, Savannah decided to give it a go. Nowadays, she is glad she made that decision, because it has helped her achieve goals and do things she has never done before, such as overcoming physical limitations, practicing shooting and pushing herself in terms of discipline. “I have gained a lot of strength from that, and training was an experience that pushed my limits like never before,” she said. When asked about the current political scenario and the possibility of short-notice deployment, Savannah reinforces her loyalty to the troops. “Although it’s not something that I look forward to, that’s what I signed up for," she said. "I would just have to trust my fellow soldiers … and my unit, that everything is going to be OK. It’s something that we have to do.”