REMEMBERING WALDO DE CASTROVERDE; Congressional Record Vol. 161, No. 138
(Senate - September 24, 2015)

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                    REMEMBERING WALDO DE CASTROVERDE

 Mr. HELLER. Mr. President, today I wish to honor the life of 
Waldo De Castroverde, a prominent Nevadan whose legacy lives on through 
the work of his sons. I send my gratitude to Mr. De Castroverde's 
family as they continue to serve Las Vegas' Hispanic community.
  Mr. De Castroverde was a true patriot of Cuba, fighting to bring his 
country some of our Nation's most important values--freedom and 
democracy. In 1961, he was a paratrooper and one of 1,400 Cuban exiles 
who participated in the Bay of Pigs invasion in an attempt to bring 
greater sovereignty to Cuba, which ultimately led to his imprisonment. 
After being captured, Mr. De Castroverde was selected on multiple 
occasions to serve on a commission sent to the United States to 
negotiate the release of those who participated in the invasion. Two 
years later, Mr. De Castroverde was freed and moved to the United 
States with his wife.
  Upon arriving to the United States, Mr. De Castroverde and his wife 
moved to Miami where he taught history at a local high school. In 1978, 
he moved with his family to Reno, where he worked rigorously to shape a 
bright future for himself and his family of four children. He worked as 
a blackjack dealer during the day and he attended law school at night.
  Fifteen years later, he moved to Las Vegas and started his own 
practice in immigration and criminal law. In 2005, he was joined by his 
two sons, Alex and Orlando, forming the De Castroverde Law Group, which 
has served as an incredible resource to Las Vegas's Hispanic community.
  While we were saddened by the passing of this great Nevadan in 2014, 
he will always be remembered as an inspiring advocate of liberty and as 
a role model to Las Vegas's Hispanic community.
  I am honored to commend him and his family for their work throughout 
Las Vegas. Today, I join citizens across our State in celebrating the 
life of an extraordinary Nevadan, Waldo De Castroverde. 

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