Veteran Advocate & Recipient

Vic Martin proudly served as a Mineman in the United States Navy from August 2009 to June 2013. During his service, he was responsible for the detection and neutralization of underwater explosive devices (mines) and while ashore, to test, assemble, maintain, safely store, and execute the transportation of mines. In 2013, he was Medically Retired with a combined disability rating of 100% by both the D.O.D and the V.A. after a 6-month Medical Evaluation Board. Vic applied to our program for a service dog in the Summer of 2014, and graduated with his new service dog, Kira, on Veteran’s Day November 11, 2014.

Since joining our team, Vic has worked diligently as a volunteer graphic designer, designing marketing materials to help spread our mission, and most notably, designing our new Shelter to Soldier™ logo that you see everywhere we go! He has volunteered for dozens of Shelter to Soldier™ events and meetings to help raise awareness for veteran suicide, PTSD, and TBI and provide testimony to the healing powers of his service dog, Kira, for his recovery. We are so thankful that Vic is a special part of the Shelter to Soldier™ team, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see Kira in such a loving, and supportive FOREVER home.

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