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Veteran Finds "Second Chance" As Arizona State Park Ranger

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DEAD HORSE RANCH STATE PARK, AZ -

Carlos Garcia is glad to be working again after two years without work and getting into trouble here and there. He found that his job as a State Park Ranger has given him a "second chance" in life.

Garcia is one of four veterans participating in the new pilot program. Since joining, he's saved money, lost weight, and reconnected with his family.

"I was homeless. I was out of work for about 2 years and I had gotten into a little bit of trouble so this Program D boosted me, my morale -- it's just helped me out a lot. I'm glad to be working again," said Garcia.

Bryan Martyn, the Arizona State Park Executive Director says he happy to give the veteran a new opportunity.

"I'm trying to give these guys a skill, let them get their life back together, put something on your resume other than kicking in doors or driving tanks," Martyn said.

Martyn pays the vets 12 dollars an hour and provides a FEMA trailer for them to live in.

"Emotionally, spiritually, mentally, physically - it's helped me out a lot. I'm grateful to be here and it's an awesome opportunity and a great experience," Garcia said.

Veterans like Garcia who work hard and do well will have the opportunity to apply for a permanent park ranger position. Garcia tells us that's exactly what he wants to do. He also has a message for other veterans who may be down on their luck, he wants them to know not to give up that there is always hope. He says just look at him.

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