Vetting America Episode 09 — Dr. Carlos Garcia – Sergeant, United States Marine Corps (1996-2004)
From 1996 to 2004, Dr. Carlos Garcia served as a Tow Gunner in the United States Marine Corps and received an honorable discharge in 2004 at the rank of Sergeant.
During the first 7 years of his transition, he decided to continue serving his country as a firefighter and paramedic in Florida before returning to school where he went on to earn his PhD in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in a little over 5 years.
During his clinical training, Dr. Garcia focused his work on stress resilience and Post Traumatic Growth. He utilized his background as a Marine to develop a thorough understanding of the potential impact of stress and trauma on both mental and physical health.
During his graduate training, Dr. Garcia formed The Students United for Returning Veterans (SURV), an organization that was founded in order to assist returning combat veterans as they transitioned back to civilian life. As president of the organization, he played a key role in ensuring university wide recognition of the issues faced by veterans.
SURV led the way in instituting the university’s first Veteran Resource Center, which provided support and guidance to all student veterans. Dr. Garcia continues to support veterans through his clinical work by treating those with depression, anxiety and PTSD. He also works with the families of veterans as they play such a crucial role in the ultimate health of our veterans.
You can check out more about Dr. Carlos Garcia here:
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