Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Army Sgt. from Nepal (Naturalized via MAVNI) Named ‘Soldier of the Year’

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USCIS, Dec. 7, 2012: "Born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, SGT Saral K. Shrestha knew he wanted a military career from the time he was a small boy. Watching shows about the military on television, he dreamed of life as a soldier. As a young man, Shrestha's mother urged him to pursue higher education in the United States. At age 17, he applied for a visa and left his home to study in a new land. 

"It was a culture shock, it's always rush, rush, rush," Shrestha said about his first time being in the United States. "You're working or studying the whole time. There were a lot of tall buildings, a lot of new things. Everything is surprising, so you stop being surprised." 

After spending his first month with an uncle in Philadelphia