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Hidalgo County Commissioners Court recognized the family of U.S. Army Specialist Kevin Cardoza who was killed in action while serving his country on May 4, 2013. Spc. Cardoza's lifelong dream was to join the armed forces. He was halfway through a nine-month tour in Kandahar, Afghanistan, province when the vehicle he and four other soldiers from Fort Bliss were traveling in was hit by a roadside bomb. Spc. Cardoza died from injuries sustained in the tragic incident. Spc. Cardoza lived in Mercedes Texas and attended Edcouch-Elsa High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army after his high school graduation in 2011 and was assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division in Fort Bliss, Texas. Spc. Cardoza was a dedicated father to his two daughters Deliliah Nevaeh and Melanee Renee Cardoza. He was also a loving son and brother to his parents Ramiro Cardoza, Sr. and Maria Cardoza and three siblings Ramiro Cardoza Jr., Michael Cardoza and Leslie Lizette Cardoza who were present to receive the recognition along with his aunt, Ester Lopez, and cousin Joseph Lopez.
Hidalgo County Commissioners Court members expressed their condolences to the Cardoza family, and recognized and paid tribute to the life and legacy of Spc. Kevin Cardoza for his patriotic service and ultimate sacrifice, which will never be forgotten.