Soldier receives US citizenship in special ceremony in New Hampshire

A New Hampshire soldier who recently returned from Iraq received his US citizenship in a ceremony on Tuesday, May 3.

Specialist Ricardo Perez and the rest of the 94th Military Police Company served a year-long tour in Iraq and returned to the Granite State, according to Foster’s Daily Democrat. All the members of the unit were on-hand during a special ceremony to honor Perez.

“I’m thrilled that Specialist Perez will be gaining his citizenship and that he’ll be able to do so in such a special way, during his company’s homecoming,” Senator Jeanne Shaheen said in a statement. “I salute the selfless contributions he’s already made to this country through his military service, and trust they will only continue following his naturalization.”

Shaheen and the US Citizenship and Immigration Services arranged the ceremony after Perez applied for citizenship in Iraq, according to the news source.

Typically, those who are born citizens of other countries obtain US citizenship through the naturalization process. Those who undergo this process usually have obtained permanent resident status through a US green card.