Marty Ramirez was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska in 1945 to a family of migrant workers.  Marty worked the fields with his ten siblings until college.  To his own surprise, he scored a baseball scholarship to Chadron State College. He was the only one of his siblings to go to college.  After a tour in Vietnam, he returned to Scottsbluff and began organizing around Chicano rights. For this week’s sabiduría, or words of wisdom, Marty helps us understand the progress of the past with what’s happening in Nebraska today.



Dr. Marty Ramirez is a retired Counseling Psychologist, having worked at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for 38 years. He is a Vietnam Veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart.





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4 thoughts on “Sabiduría: Marty Ramirez, A Nebraskan’s Story

  1. Congratulations and I am very proud of your accomplishments. Mi hermano latino/hispano, I am native-born from Panama, and I served with many Chicano/Mexican brothers in Thailand during the Vietnam War. I would like to bring to your attention an incident that occurred to me, that should not happen to any other disabled veteran while receiving treatment at any VA Medical Center. I was falsely charged…that was ultimately dismissed11 weeks later. I f you do would like to help my cause, I would furnish you with the necessary documentation. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Stay healthy and God bless.

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