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Gilberto Howard is a retired Army Staff Sergeant with 20 years of service as an infantryman. He started his career in 1981 at Fort Irwin, CA in an Opposing Forces Unit before receiving orders to go to Korea for a year in a Scout Platoon, for three months being tasked with patrolling along the demilitarized zone. When back in the States, Gilberto managed the training in a range patrol platoon at Fort Hunter Liggett, then off to Germany for three years and was a jungle operations training instructor in Panama. He spent three years at Fort Campbell, KY before finishing his career in Puerto Rico as an ROTC duty instructor, retiring in 2001.

After his military service, Gilberto went to work in agriculture with his father-in-law. Shortly thereafter, he became sick and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, battled PTSD and in 2003 was diagnosed with FSGS – focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. His kidney function is poor and is often fatigued, but is not yet on dialysis.

Gilberto and his wife Ana have been married for 34 years, have two children and a 4-year-old grandson and a 7-month-old granddaughter. He lives near the Gulf of Mexico where he enjoys scuba diving and fishing for redfish and mackerel. His hobbies also include golfing, the shooting range, and playing Call of Duty with his childhood friends!

A living kidney donation would give Gilberto the chance to live a long and healthy life without experiencing the difficulties and restraints of dialysis! He has enlisted the help of a Veteran's organization called DOVE Transplant which is helping in his outreach to find his life-saving kidney donor. DOVE will assist all prospective donors throughout the process and make sure they do not incur any out-of-pocket expenses related to the evaluation or surgery.

A healthy person can live a normal life with one kidney and save this Veteran's life! Please click on the link below if you would like to learn more OR call 551-449-8319.

Gilberto Howard

Army Veteran

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