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Buda veteran moves forward in civilian world

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In the FOX 7 Care Force March is Women's History Month and we're saluting women veterans.

Today we're profiling a woman vet who lives in Buda, she had some hard times in Iraq, but she's had some good times back home and she's looking to keep that going.

Former Army Sgt. Adria Garcia loves her new home.

It's a dream home, hers free of charge. It's a gift thanks from the Operation Finally Home Organization.

"It's just amazing. You never think things will be this good or they will change so drastically," Garcia said.

Part of the thanks is for her service and sacrifice in Iraq. Her Purple Heart attests to that. Garcia survived a mortar attack while on duty outside the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

"I'm running toward the bunker...one landed 4 feet away from me so all the shrapnel flew up and I've got shrapnel in my back and my hand. My hand started puffing up like a ham in seconds. I'd never seen anything like that," Garcia said.

Now out of the Army since 2008 Garcia is still dealing with wartime disabilities, physical and otherwise. And she is still making that transition to civilian life which is an ongoing process especially for female veterans.

"Some of our issues when we come back here were with men...and when we go to these services they are providing for us we are there with the men and it's not the same. We need that for us only. Plus what works for you may not work for me," Garcia said.

What did work for Garcia was working with the F-7 Women Vets Group which we have profiled on the care force. And with that help things are really looking up for Garcia. She's got a good career in IT, a daughter and grandkids and while certain memories and traumas will never completely go away, like most veterans she's been trained in how to adapt and overcome.

As part of women's history month the Texas Veterans Commission Women Veterans initiative is presenting the "Rock Your Camo 5K" at Camp Mabry on Saturday March 8th. FOX 7 will be there and we'd like you to come walk, run and march to raise awareness for Texas women veterans.

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