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Life after escape: Refugee hopes to join US military

Life after escape: Refugee hopes to join US military
After fleeing with his younger brother from the Democratic Republic of Congo when he was 13, Patrick waited for five years in Uganda to be processed for resettlement in the U.S. Now 20, he's waiting again — this time to convert his refugee visa to a full green card so that he can join the U.S. military.

Life after escape: Refugee hopes to join US military Patrick, shown here in San Diego on Dec.CEPEDA, THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE/TNS SAN DIEGO (Tribune News Service) — Patrick is no stranger to waiting.(c)2020 The San Diego Union-Tribune Visit The San Diego Union-Tribune at www.The United States agreed to resettle him about five years later.

After fleeing with his younger brother from the Democratic Republic of Congo when he was 13, Patrick waited for five years in Uganda to be processed for resettlement in the United States.And his family began to have interviews with officials about their status as refugees and the possibility of resettling in the United States.

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