Ramon Padilla Munguia was born in Mexico and moved to the United States at the age of two. He grew up outside of Los Angeles in El Monte, California. Padilla Munguia graduated high school and began working for El Monte Parks & Recreation, and at age 21, become a police volunteer for the city of El Monte. After struggling to choose a career, he realized what this Nation had done for him and his family and decided to give back. He joined the United States Army.
Since joining, he has been stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, Camp Hovey, Korea, Fort Irwin, California, and Camp Ederle, Italy. Padilla Munguia has also served in Iraq and Afghanistan. On July 2008, he was in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan with the 173rd ABCT. His firebase was attacked with RPG, machine gun, and small arms fire. Shrapnel from the RPG severed his lower left arm, and he was struck by a round on the front right side of his head that broke a piece of his skull. He did his full recovery at Walter Reed and was medically retired in September 2009.
He learned how to play golf in 2008 with a non-profit called The Salute Military Golf Association. Now, he volunteers with the non-profit and teaches and mentors wounded warriors how to play golf so they can use the aspects of the game to make a strong mental and physical recovery.