Nuclear Missile Operator Volunteering at JAMLAC

Nuclear Missile Operator Volunteering at JAMLAC

“JAMLAC has been a beacon of hope for many clients and to be part of this wonderful ride has been an honor” – Jean C. Bonilla Volunteer at JAMLAC

Jean Carlo, a Nuclear Missile Operator for the US Air Force, is a highly dedicated volunteer who consistently gives his time to JAMLAC and makes a difference in the mission every day. We are honored to have an American hero who is willing to bring the Air Force’s core values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence to JAMLAC!  And, more importantly, he has also brought his passion for learning and for protecting the community by offering us his knowledge and skills.

His journey has not always been easy. Jean Carlo was raised in a bilingual home by his dad, and together they overcame many difficulties. He moved to the U.S. in 2016, from Puerto Rico, when he began his active duty career. However, being an Air Force officer, does not exclude you from the difficulties of discrimination. As he recalled, “there is no way of preparing for the harshness of discrimination. As an American citizen, the most logical conclusion would be to treat a Puerto Rican as any other American citizen who is trying to do the best for themselves and their family. Yet, like most Hispanics in America, we are constantly criticized for our accent, marginalized for our culture, and judged by skin tone and phenotypes.” This is one of the main reasons why he wants to become an immigration attorney.

Jean Carlo wants “to stand for what is right,” and he is preparing to finish his military career to serve those in need; especially “Hispanic families, as a fellow Puerto Rican,” he stated. “I don’t only see this as my goal, but as my duty to assist others, as an Airman and resilient fighter.”

Jean Carlo is planning to attend law school in the fall of 2020. And yes, we are going to miss his smile, positive attitude, and passion for helping in any way he can. But, at the same time, we are inspired by his determination to succeed and his hunger to serve the community.