Many of the men and women who make up the U.S. military have an unbreakable resolve and a desire to fight for this great nation. It is that resolve that drove them to enlist in the armed forces, whether the Army, Navy or Marines. While some of the Hispanic veterans profiled in this series enlisted in order to serve their country, others, joined following a family tradition of service in the military.
Starting July 4th, Nat Geo Mundo in a three-day patriotic special and meet Hispanic men and women who bravely served our country in Temple de Acero, premiering on Thursday July 4th at 8PM ET/PT.
More than 157,000 active duty Hispanics serve in the U.S. armed forces; they account for 11.4 percent of the military. When the soldiers arrive at the base, they must learn vital tactics for operating in a war zone. Once in the field of action, they must try to control their emotions and need to remain alert; a quiet day with no enemy combatants can turn into a helicopter “mayday” in seconds. Profiling men and women who put themselves in the line of fire, Temple de Acero highlights their motivations for enlisting, experiences at war and the profound impact serving their country has had on their lives.