Vietnam veteran Roberto Gonzalez was paralyzed while serving our country in Vietnam. That didn’t stop him from pursuing his love of ranching and becoming the state’s first and only paralyzed horse trainer.
Gonzalez is nearing the end of his life, and one of his last wishes was to see his beloved horses again.
His family rushed to get his prized animals.
Roberto Gonzalez, from Premont, Texas, was drafted in 1970 and shot within four months of serving in Vietnam, Lupe Hernandez of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System told ABC News today. The resulting injuries left Gonzalez paralyzed.
“That did not stop Mr. Gonzalez from his passions, ranching and horses,” Hernandez said. “He was the only paralyzed race horse trainer in Texas. He trained and raced horses for 30-40 years.”
Hernandez continued: “Because he knew that the end was near and he would not be going home again, he requested through his wife that he see his horses one last time. His family brought two horses to the Spinal Cord Injury Center at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital.”
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