Sgt. First Class Jose Graulau navigated a Humvee through debris littering the streets of Puerto Rico.
There was a sense of familiarity in the damage and destruction, since he and other soldiers had spent the past month helping victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida. But, now in Puerto Rico to help Hurricane Maria survivors, the mission had become personal.
Graulau’s Humvee crept along the tree-laden streets until it reached his childhood home. He hopped out and began calling for his parents.
He didn’t stop to knock — he barged in, embracing his parents as they walked down the stairs after being awakened early.
“I was very grateful,” Graulau said Thursday from the island. “They mean the world to me. They’re the ones that raised me. I was grateful to come over here, to see them, help them and help the people of Puerto Rico.”
Graulau is part of a small team of soldiers from the Fort Bragg-based 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command who have been deployed to Puerto Rico to help hurricane survivors. The soldiers, who specialize in logistics and distribution management, arrived five days after Hurricane Maria struck.
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