By Desirée Mata
By the time Esequiel Zamudio was drafted at age 21, he already knew hard work and hardship.
Zamudio started working as a young man for a government project called the National Youth Administration. As part of the NYA, he worked for four years building public works like San Antonio, Texas’, River Walk. After that, he labored as an auto mechanic, which he says he enjoyed.
“In those years, they didn’t have food stamps or Social Security. My dad didn’t have Social Security,” he said of his youth