Arizona man loses arm in Afghanistan, given gift by volunteers

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Technology replaced what a Valley husband and father lost in war, his arm.

“In January of 2009, I was hit by a suicide bomber and it immediately severed my right arm,” said Gabriel Garcia.

Garcia toured both Iraq and Afghanistan with the Army.

After nine years on the road, the retired Sergeant First Class is home with his wife for good.

“It's great having him home.  Even if he's just doing school work, but this is our first home,” said Christina Garcia.

The couple's two story Phoenix house is need of some TLC.

That's where volunteers with Home Depot and Hands on Greater Phoenix come in.

“Hands on is committed to remembering September 11th. This is the first project we're doing to pay tribute to September 11, which is next week,” said Chris Helmuth with Hands on Greater Phoenix.

Six veterans across the Valley are being surprised with home renovations along with 100 veterans nationwide.

Helmuth said Home Depot is planning on spending millions to renovate veteran’s homes around the country.

Volunteers are lending a hand to someone who lost his for us.

The Garcia family is thankful for the renovations.

They plan on raising their sons at their home.

“He doesn't feel like he deserves it from anybody.  But it's a really great feeling to be noticed and to be honored,” said Christina Garcia.

Garcia's 30th birthday is Friday.