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Vietnam Veteran Granted U.S. Citizenship

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Jacksonville, FL- A U.S. Army veteran has officially become a U.S. citizen. .

Mario Hernandez took the Oath of Citizenship on Wednesday.

It turns out Hernandez, who is from Tallahassee, was not actually a citizen despite decades in the United States.

His family immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba legally in 1965, and he got a Social Security card, he paid taxes, served in Vietnam and worked for 20 years in a federal prison.

However, when he tried to get a passport to go on a cruise, he realized he was in fact not a legal citizen.

So, the Department of Homeland Security investigated.

They admit Hernandez should have automatically being given citizenship after serving in the Vietnam War.

Immigration officials have apologized.

Now, Hernandez says he will re-register to vote, and afterwards he will get a passport, then go on that cruise with his wife.

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