Arizona State Parks Employ Homeless Veterans

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Carlos Garcia has a second chance at life working as an Arizona Park Ranger.  He had been a homeless veteran but now is making $12 per hour and living in a FEMA trailer.download (1)

He had been homeless and in trouble with the law as he floundered trying to find his way after his service to the country. Things began to change when he and 4 other veterans were chosen to pilot this program working 40 hours a week in Dead Horse State Park.images (1)

The director, himself, is a veteran who knows the skill-sets and struggles the veterans are experiencing. 93986497-arizona-governorGovernor Jan Brewer said that helping veterans until they can provide for themselves is the lease the public can do in return for their service.

So far Garcia has saved some of his money, lost almost 30 pounds, and reconnected with his family since being hired for this job.

“Emotionally, spiritually, mentally,  and physically, it has helped me out a lot. I’m grateful to be here and it is an awesome opportunity and a great experience, “Garcia said.

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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/02/21/arizona-parks-program-helps-homeless-veterans-become-rangers/

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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14 Responses to Arizona State Parks Employ Homeless Veterans

  1. ksfinblog says:

    a very good effort

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  2. lauramacky says:

    What a nice thing to hear! It’s so sad how they serve our country and then can’t find a job!

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  3. Hi Anne,

    Thanks so much for the blog follow. It has led me to your blog, which I am now following.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    Happy blogging!

    Nancy

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  4. markbialczak says:

    This is a good piece, Anne.

    And, in other good news, I received a comment from Angie today.

    She’s back with a new blog.

    http://kyangel17.com/2014/02/24/kentucky-angels-train-wrecks/

    Yay!

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  5. what a terrific way to provide for our vets. instead of arguing over who gets what job or what kinds of cuts to make in vet benefits, it’s nice to see employment opportunities and positive potentials.

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