Carlos Martinez serves as President and CEO of the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program, Inc., since its founding in 1972, and has been its Chief Executive Officer since 1974. Under his leadership the organization has uniquely blended social service needs with sound business practices, and the organization has prospered from a single service office to a multi-corporate structure encompassing seven separate sub-corporations.
The American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program serves thousands of veterans every year through a variety of social services, and it also offers housing for the elderly through its three housing complexes, creates jobs for disabled individuals through its wholly-owned Veterans Enterprises of Texas (VETS) Box Manufacturing, and the VETS Sheltered Workshop for Disabled Veterans that produces Retirement Commemorative Kits for the U.S. Army world-wide.
Mr. Martinez has previously served as a Member of the VA’s Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans, and the Advisory Committee on Veterans Readjustment. Mr. Martinez has also performed past service on the U.S. Department of Labors’ Veterans Employment and Training advisory committee, the Women Veterans Advisory Committee, and the State of Texas’ Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee on the State Veterans Homes. Mr. Martinez has been invited to testify before Congressional Committees on numerous occasions, and has had the opportunity to discuss major veterans’ issues with five Presidents of the United States.
Mr. Martinez is a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management, and Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA). Mr. Martinez is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served four years during the Vietnam Era.