Cara enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1997, serving with the 348th Transportation Company based out of Phoenix, AZ, and the 310th TACCOM in Fort Belvoir, VA. After 9/11 she joined the active-duty Army in 2002, serving with the First Infantry Division in Germany, before deploying to Iraq. She works for the Pat Tillman Foundation supporting the selection process and community engagement for the Tillman Scholar program. Previously, she worked for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America as a liaison to veterans and their families, helping them resolve problems related to housing, legal issues, employment, physical and mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence and financial planning. She is a graduate of Arizona State University, where she earned a BS in Family and Human Development. Cara resides in Arizona with her family.