Army Veteran Eddie Reyes fought in Vietnam. He showed us his wounds.
“So I got hit, shrapnel here, ripped my leg up. I got hit here, shrapnel in my arm here," he said.
He's a highly decorated veteran who lost friends and family in the Vietnam conflict. So now he wonders why Latinos and other veterans of color are not represented in commemorative merchandise.
"There is nothing in here for veterans of color, everybody is white," he said.
Reyes says if you look in catalogs and on websites for the top 18 companies that sell veteran wear, you won't find minorities or women.
"They are all white, Anglo men, and once again nothing wrong with that... they are our brothers... but we were right there in the foxhole with them," Reyes said.
He decided to do something about it and asked local artist Vincent Morin, Jr. to create artwork reflective of Latino and black veterans. Some of the artwork has now been made into t-shirts.
"Include our culture, nuestra cultura, because that was all part of us," Reyes said.
One of the drawings is called La Bendicion. It depicts a Latino veteran with an angel standing over him.
"Most of us were Catholic in Vietnam. We wore rosaries, we had tattoos of the Virgin Mary. None of that is anywhere and no one can appreciate the culture unless we show it or appreciate it," he said.
Reyes says this isn't about money but about being represented... so that veterans of color can proudly wear t-shirts that reflect their sacrifice and service.