Marty is an Army veteran from Indianapolis, IN. He served 1988 –1995 and has been in the Indiana Army National Guard since January 1999, full-time since 2000. He was mobilized for Desert Shield/Desert Storm 1991; Deployed to Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar 2004-2005; Deployed to Iraq, Kuwait 2007-2009.
Marty served as Mobile Training Team (MTT) member teaching ground maintenance to Afghanistan National Army (ANA), traveling all over the country. He served as the logistics and maintenance officer during Iraq while conducting combat patrols in multiple hostile areas and environments.
He struggles with lung disease, asthma, severe headaches (MAI Infection), sleep apnea, left knee injuries, right shoulder injuries, neuropathy, radiculopathy, hearing loss, tinnitus, PTSD with anxiety and depression, as well as a left hand injury due to howitzer breech.
He has a deep interest in hunting, fishing, hiking, mushroom hunting, and just generally being outdoors. Marty loves to ride motorcycles, read, and spend time with his family. His hobbies include vehicle/motorcycle maintenance, wood working, and building structures (back and leg pain permitting). He enjoys shooting firearms and helping others in need. Marty’s ultimate goal, once retired from the military, is to become an emergency department trauma nurse and to live on a lake surrounded by wilderness for the quiet and peacefulness.
Marty would use a TUC Tracked Utility Carrier to assist with mobility issues during times of extreme pain or shortness of breath. He says, “I believe I would experience a greater assistance with simple and daily tasks to include but not limited to, mowing grass and simple yard work, maneuverability in general, and provide less difficulties with long-term walk.”
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation (x4)
Good Conduct Medal (x3)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Overseas Service Medal (x2)
Outstanding Volunteer Military Service Ribbon
Indiana Commendation Medal
Afghanistan and Iraqi Campaign Service Medals
NCO Professional Service Ribbon with 3” device