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Francis Garcia as her authentic self.Finally Free
For 39 years, not a single soul knew of her secret. Finally, free to be who she has always longed to be, Francis Garcia, U.S. Army Veteran, is now able to express her true and pure self.
Pictured from Left to Right: Becky, Sharyle & TeresitaTaking Back Her Freedom
“My grandson told me I could not go to the beach with him because I walk funny. That cut close to the bone, that hurt.” It was in that moment that Sharyle no longer allowed her weight to make decisions for her.
Andrea Williamson, Army VeteranThe Journey to Rediscovery
Only a few months ago Andrea Williamson, Army Veteran, attempted to take her life. Her mind was swarmed with thoughts of depression. She says, “I got to a point where that was it, it was enough.”
Meet Michael Dorta and Leslie Rick- The two that make the impossible- possible!A Veteran's Best Friend
Families come in all forms, shapes and sizes. Some include four-legged family members. A homeless Veteran arrived at the Orlando VA Medical Center with his dog to seek healthcare.
Veteran and her coloring book.Thinking Outside of the Box
When sitting in a hospital bed, the last thing any patient wants to feel is stuck. To bring some color and distraction from treatment, Veterans can now choose on how they spend their stay at the Medical Center.
Roy pictured smiling.A Soldier's Story
Purple Heart Recipient, U.S. Army Sergeant Veteran and VA Employee Roy Daugherty is part of the reason Americans pause to remember and honor the brave sacrifice of our soldiers on August 7.
Joshua Johnson pushing a Veteran in a wheelchair.From the Orlando VA to Louisiana State University
No matter the way, driving a car or riding a bicycle, Joshua Johnson commits to serving Veterans. Joshua is a familiar face at the Orlando VA Medical Center with 700+ hours volunteering as a Red Coat Ambassador.
Meet Ashley Williams!From No to Yes
Bound to a hospital bed to now for the first time competing as an athlete in the upcoming 39th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, Ashley Williams, Air Force Veteran, does not take no for an answer.
Photography by a Veteran.A Second Chance
An assortment of photos taken by Veterans was mistaken by the audience as an art show. To the outside eye, the photos are of nature and scenic views, but for the Veterans, lies so much more.
Decorated Veteran Tea Party tables.Not Your Grandmother's Tea Party
A room packed with 100 Veterans, and what do they all have in common? They are Women Warriors. The Women Veteran’s Tea Party brought VA Women Veteran services, gifts, food and of course tea, under one roof.

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