Each day, the VA honors a special military veteran for their dedicated service on their blog, VAntage Point. Today’s featured military member is a veteran who served as a finance specialist.
Carmen Gloria Perez was born in the Bronx and moved to Puerto Rico when she was 10 years old. She joined the Army in 1991 as a finance specialist and served in Germany, South Korea, Alabama, and Virginia, where she began working closely with the US Treasury at the Pentagon while simultaneously taking night classes.
For her service, Perez earned an Army Commendation Medal, a Joint Service Achievement Medal, an Army Achievement Medal, an Army Good Conduct Medal and a National Defense Service Medal.
Perez was honorably discharged in 1997 and chose to continue her studies at George Mason University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in government and international studies with a minor in legal studies. After graduating Perez then decided to pursue a career in acting and moved to Hollywood.
Now, Perez writes children’s stories, acts, takes voice-over jobs, and even makes art. She volunteers for Pin Ups for Vets, young Storytellers, and the Los Angeles Mission. She is also a member of the American Legion, Post 43 in Hollywood, California.