In the small town of Buda Texas, these women are creating something new using pieces from their past.
The transformative process of turning clothing into paper, usually people don't believe it, you know.
And so it's this magical process that they get to be part of and I always say it's kind of like alchemy.
Military uniforms, hats, head scarves, cut up, washed and pulverized into a pulp.
Pulp that's either pressed into paper or used to make these paintings.
It's about releasing that pain, it's about liberating and through connection building something beautiful from something that was traumatic.
It's called project Raha after the Dory word for release.
The Afghans here served in the Afghan National Army's Female Tactical Platoon, deploying with American special forces to collect intelligence in areas men couldn't.
Some of these women even serve together in Afghanistan.
That is until the Taliban took over two years ago this month.
That whole evacuation was, I mean it was a mess.
I think a lot of us felt really helpless, felt like something that was so close to our hearts, a culture and people that we loved and cared about.
We were watching things just fall apart in a matter of days and hours.
Army veteran Sarah Scully worked with the Female Tactical Platoon from 2019 to 2020.
When Kabul fell, she and other military women helped get their Afghan counterparts out of the country.
It's a time that's painful for the commandos to talk about.
We are lost our dream, we lost our goals, we lost everything, everything was like change it and one day, everything.
After two years almost all of the nearly 40 female commandos who came to the United States remain in legal limbo stuck in a backlog of asylum applicants.