BIOGRAPHY:

General Alfred (Freddie) Valenzuela

General Alfred (Freddie) Valenzuela

General Freddie Valenzuela served 33 years in the US Army and was posted to locations such as Kuwait, Peru, Colombia, Somalia, Panama, Grenada, El Salvador, Korea, Germany, Puerto Rico and Turkey. Highly decorated for Heroism and Valor, he was awarded the Defense and Army Distinguished Service Medals upon his retirement.

After serving his country he returned to San Antonio where he created an Educational Foundation and opened a charter school for at risk children on the west side of San Antonio. He serves or has served on the Boards of Boy Scouts of Texas, Boy's and Girl's Club, Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, Communities in School, Family Services Association, Haven for Hope, St. Mary's University and USAA Federal Savings Bank. An Eagle Scout, he is a Distinguished Alumni of SMU, was selected to the Boy's and Girl's Club Hall of Fame, and named one of the 100 most Influential Hispanics, by Hispanic Business Magazine, not to mention that he served as the interim President/CEO of the San Antonio Housing Authority.

He and his family have written and published "No Greater Love: The Lives & Times of Hispanic Soldiers", with all the proceeds going to the families of the 21 Soldiers he buried from the war. The book was recently recognized with the 2009 National Military Memoir/Biography Award and will be released in Spanish later this year. He has been married for 40 years to the former Esther Trevino. The Valenzuela’s are proud parents of son Freddie, a project Manager for a publishing company in Chicago and daughter Lori, who is presently the 437th Criminal District Judge in San Antonio. The Valenzuela's have been blessed with three grandchildren, Madison, Hayden and Logan, and Son and daughter in law Sean Mc Cleskey and Jo Jo Mac Pherson.

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