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Pablo  Castro

#106 Pablo Castro, Student

I was serving two years in the Marine Active Reserves program, when a friend told me about the COD Public Safety Academy. I signed up right away. Before that, I had been stationed at Camp Pendleton, working in supply upkeep for the U.S. Marine Corps. My four year enlistment included tours to Iraq and Kuwait.

I felt that by becoming a police officer, I can ensure my children will grow up in a safe environment. I grew up in Indio, so I feel like I’m also keeping the place where I was raised secure.

Financial aid and veteran benefits have helped make costs to go to the Public Safety Academy affordable. It helps that COD is close to home and offers classes in the evenings. That way, I can work full-time during the day. At work, or at school, I’m never far from the children or my wife, Olivia.

I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. My parents were very proud of me when I joined the military. Now they’re doubly proud because I’ll be the first in my family to graduate with a college degree.

I’m grateful for all the support I’ve received from Veterans Affairs and COD.