Local Military Family To Receive Home
Sgt Tomas Garcia Jr., U.S. Army retired, served two tours of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On March 30th, 2006 was injured by an improvised explosive device after be struck in the forehead by a bullet that also fractured his scull. Sgt. Garcia was honorably discharged from the Army in 2007, suffering from left knee sprain, right knee osteoarthritis, lumbar spine sprain, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
During his time in the military, Sgt. Garcia was a well decorated soldier, with awards including the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Combat Action Badge, National Defense Service Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal. But maybe the best honor bestowed upon him, will come this Friday when Sgt. Garcia and his family with receive a custom built, mortgage-free home from Operation Finally Home. The family's new home will be dedicated at a ceremony scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday. The ceremony will be held at the home's site, 5415 SW Trevor Circle, just off the intersection of Southwest 52nd Street and Bishop Road.
With the deadline quickly approaching, the major construction has been completed, with the builders are busy putting the finishing touches on. The Garcia family was selected to receive the home after a long and careful vetting process.
Tomass Garcia now works as a instructor for the U.S. Army. He continues to play an active role in helping others through his participation in Mount Scott Chapter 602 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and os currently senior vice commander of the Foundation for Exceptional Warriors, aiding Special Forces personnel and prisoners of war of any era with PTSD issues.