Lieutenant Colonel Jaime Martinez (Ret) is a U. S. Army veteran who served in the Infantry for 26 years and participated in numerous deployments with significant combat experience. He is returning to IJF, as he was formerly the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs General Counsel where he had significant participation in the development and implementation of the organization’s founding. In addition to his multiple front line combat leadership positions, Jaime was frequently assigned as a policy adviser to numerous senior level national security and defense policy makers and elected officials, to include: Staff Secretary to the Vice President, Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense, Army Fellow to the US Senate Armed Services Committee, and Legislative Liaison to the Under Secretary of the Army.
In 2010, Jaime returned home to Illinois to serve as an attorney and veteran advocate after his medical retirement from the Fort Belvoir Wounded Warrior Battalion. Since then, his service to veterans includes Staff Attorney to the John Marshall Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic, General Counsel to the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Senior Counsel to Student Veterans of America, and recently as Program Manager for the CARPLS Veteran Project supporting the IL-AFLAN statewide legal aid network.
As the Executive Director, he is charged with day-to-day operational leadership of the IJF, which is a statewide, public-private network of military and veteran serving organizations that collaborate in person and online to help service members, veterans, and their families navigate the “sea of goodwill.”