MISSING US ARMY VETERAN: MIGUEL ARELLANO OCHOA AKA “MIKE”
Miguel Arellano Ochoa was in the Navy and served in Iraq in 2003. Deported to Tijuana, Mexico, in 2015. Deported Veterans Support House has received Mike many times, He had alot to juggle with, some information thaay is very personal that we cannot talk openly in public. He is an outstanding human being aside all the issues he had, He was extremely talented, courteous, Well mannered, I can say without a doubt when he was doing well, one of my best men, It’s thru his persona that I consider Mike a friend and didn’t hesitate to help him, when we could. I miss my friend, I wish I could have done more, for a while the family was afraid that if they started asking for help they could
Mother of Miguel Arellano, who is a deported Veteran. My son, Miguel Arellano, served in the Navy from approximately 1998-2004.
My son, Miguel while he was in the Navy served in Iraq in 2003. Unfortunately, Miguel could not continued to serve in the Navy, as he was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, and was medically discharged by the Navy. During this time my son began to take prescribed medication for his Bipolar disorder, along with depression medication. Unfortunately, Miguel developed a dependency to his medication, and his depression, along with PTSD, became worse. Miguel started doing drugs, to cope in life and try to fit in after having been discharged from the Navy. He was having a very difficult time adjusting to society and was not able to cope well on his own, and continued to do drugs for several years.
Unfortunately, his drug dependency got him in a lot of trouble, and ultimately and sadly my son, Miguel was deported to Tijuana, Mexico, in 2015. Since then, to the present year, my son continued to suffer with his Bipolar disorder and his depression worsen by the effects of being in an unfamiliar country. Miguel, was only 6 years old when I brought him and his 3 other siblings to the United States in search of a better life with better opportunities.
On April 29, 2019, I got my son an airplane ticket to Morelia, Michoacan, so that he could be close to my Mother and siblings who lived in Morelia, My son continued to suffer deeply due to his deportation, and his depression was worsening, My heart broke every time I would speak to my son and he would tell me he missed being in the U.S., and he missed his family. I visited my son several times since his deportation and I witnessed how deeply he was suffering. He continued taking his medication but his depression got a lot worse since he was deported. On July 2, 2019, I got a phone call from my bother in Morelia, that my son, Miguel was missing. I flew to Morelia, the next day to file a missing persons report. The Police in Morelia, have searched jails, and hospitals and have not been able to find my son. The Police have also taken samples of my DNA to try to identified my son, in case he is deceased. It has been extremely difficult for me to be going through this nightmare, it seems like. I am hurting everyday that goes by and I know nothing about what happened to my son. I am pleading the U.S. Congress, for justice for all Veterans. My son, Miguel, did not deserve to be deported. He needed medical help, including psychiatric help, instead of being deported. Miguel deserved it! I strongly feel that Congress needs to perhaps pass a law that protects all Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces, from being deported, and grant them for life the medical and psychiatric help they need in order to be part of society and not be deny benefits all Veterans deserve. It is the right thing to do! And I want justice for my son, Miguel, but also hope that Veterans in the future are treated with JUSTICE in our country. I am a U.S. Citizen and I believe in JUSTICE for all without any sort of discrimination, our Veterans have earned it and deserve it!!! I would also, like to use this platform to ask for help in finding my son, Miguel. If anyone can help, please contact me, as soon as possible.
Ana J. Ochoa