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.
The director, himself, is a veteran who knows the skill-sets and struggles the veterans are experiencing. Governor 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.