Navy veteran Ron Ekika Riveira Jr. says that when you first see him and all his tattoos, you might see a “big bad scary-looking Hell’s Angels guy.” But if you look closer, you'll see that the ink tells a different, much more surprising story.
Riveira is a retired corpsman — which is what the navy calls their medics. In this edition of StoryCorps, Riveira sat down with his friend, fellow retired army medic Jason Deitch, for a conversation about love, devotion, and service in the lives of veterans.
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This interview was originally recorded at a Storycorps booth at the Concord Vet Center in Concord, CA. It was part of a photography exhibit on the relationship between veterans and their tattoos. To view the exhibit, click here.
This story originally aired in January of 2017.