Matthew Martinez is a 7th Generation Colorado native. He was born and raised in Monte Vista, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2005 and was assigned to the infantry unit 2nd Battalion 1st Marines where he completed three deployments, the last of which was a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009. He returned home and earned his Bachelor’s degree at Adams State University in 2013, was married and began working at Adams State University running the Veterans Center which he helped rebuild, and is now the Director for the Correspondence Education Program. Matthew currently lives in Monte Vista with his wife Chelsea and two rescue dogs Harley and Chico.
Matthew first took office in 2014 as a part of the Monte Vista City Council and served one term. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Valley Wide Health Services and the Boys and Girls Club of the San Luis Valley. Matthew is also currently the President of the Adams State University LatinX Caucus, and a member of the American Legion at Homelake. He is also one of the founding members of the Adams State University Veterans Club/Center.
Matthew's awards are as follows:
2017 Adams State University Exceptional New Alumnus
2016 Hispanic Salute - honoree
2014 Adams State University - Outstanding Club Advisor
2013 Adams State University - Student Government Leadership Award
Military Decorations and Awards:
Meritorious promotion to E-4/Corporal, Battalion Marine of the Quarter, Certificate of Commendation - 31st MEU, 2 Letters of Appreciation - 31st MEU, O.I.F. Navy Unit Commendation w/star, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal w/service star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/star.
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