The sobering statistic of 22 Veterans a day committing suicide was enough to fuel Andres Martinez’s resolve. Depression, anxiety, PTSD, and suicide are just a handful of the mental hurdles our vets have to overcome. He decided to dedicate the rest of his life to ensuring that some day, within his lifetime, this number drops to zero.
The idea of serving others is something left to interpretation. Some attend academic institutions to learn concepts and techniques of service. While others learn on the job, relying on mentors, bosses, and colleagues to show them the way. Both paths are powerful avenues to ain knowledge. However, neither path can help one develop the commitment to serve humanity selflessly. There are few individuals who are simply, “born to serve.” The desire to willingly, without reward, serve others is a gift. Andres Martinez was blessed with that gift.
Born in 1981, in “The City That Never Sleeps”, he spent his childhood, as any other child there does, growing up in the fast paced hustle of NYC. Upon completing his freshman year in high school, Andres was informed he and his family would be relocating and calling Colombia, South America his future home. Ultimately, he graduated high school there. Following high school, he returned to his beloved, New York City, thanks to the graciousness of his aunts. Upon his return, he found that some of his childhood companions had garnered the ability to move on and experience life in a positive manner. However, most were still stuck in the same stagnant behavior that defined their previous lives. It was this realization that ultimately led him to make a decision that would forever change his own life.