Cecilia Garcia Akers said she's always humbled by receiving any award, but her most recent one is especially important to her. On Thursday, she was recognized by the organization founded by her father.
The Dr. Hector P. Garcia American GI Forum Founders Chapter and Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia Chapter recognized Akers and three other local leaders at the Fifth Annual Scholarship Awards at Holiday Inn Corpus Christi Airport. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi President Flavius Killebrew, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Capt. Steve Banta and Chairman of Del Mar College Board of Regents Trey McCampbell also were recognized for standing up for veterans at the banquet.