In 1996, when he was 21 years old, Anthony G. Quiroga was about to graduate with a degree in biology with plans of becoming a veterinarian. However, he wanted to go on an adventure and decided he was not ready to finish college yet. This led to Quiroga’s choice to serve with the Navy because of their ability to travel around the world.
He served in the Navy until 2004 as an operations specialist. During his service, his main responsibilities included advising shipboard warfare operations and navigation.
In 2005, Quiroga decided to return to college. He received his bachelor’s degree in social work from San Jose State University in California, in 2007. Quiroga continued his education at California State University, Fullerton, and earned his master of arts in clinical and medical social work in 2010.
In August 2010, he became a social work case manager for VA, where he continues to work today. Quiroga has worked at the Long Beach VA in Long Beach, California, for almost 11 years. In addition to his work with VA, he currently serves as a social worker in the collaborative program between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program.
Quiroga said the reason he became a social worker was because he saw a need to help other Veterans dealing with psychological and emotional issues. Because Quiroga can relate to those he works with, it often enables him to better help Veterans.
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