Nov 11, 2013 1:18 PM by KOB-TV

Woman soldier joins military for a better life

(KOB) New Mexicans go into the military for all kinds of reasons.

For the love of their country, to learn how to do something really well or maybe it is to see the world.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 brings viewers the story of a young woman from the East San Jose Neighborhood who joined for all those reasons, and to get her life on the right track.

"You can't help people who don't want to help themselves," Mara Martinez said.

Martinez knows that is true by watching her parents.

"My mother is addicted and my father uses alcohol. That was a little rough growing up," Martinez said. "I was essentially on my own when I was 14."

That is when Martinez reached a decision.

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