Hernan Rivera worked for three years for the NY State Department of Labor before voluntarily enlisting in the Army in 1972. He started his career at the Homestead Air Force Base before heading to Panama due to his brother already being deployed to Vietnam. Hernan was a First Personnel Specialist responsible for coding and entering information into the new computer system. By the time he left the Army, he had been promoted to an administrative position. After his military service, he went back to the NY State Department of Labor for two years. He then became a Federal Representative for the department and at his retirement in 2010, he was District Director for Compliance in New York City.
Hernan and his wife, Carmen, have been happily married for 25 years and have one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren. He was diagnosed with diabetes in 1990, which ultimately caused his kidney disease diagnosis in 2013. His doctors say he is close to needing dialysis. His wife and several family members are unable to donate.
With a new kidney, Hernan can get back to the things he loves: traveling, meeting new people, and enjoying antique and classic cars! Hernan 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. Thank you.
US Army Veteran