Throughout his 22 year Army career, Master Sergeant (retired) Rafael A. Ortiz distinguished himself serving the United States of America in the US Army with the highest degree of honor by displaying exceptional and meritorious conduct amid a succession of challenging positions. Ortiz fully understood the great importance and responsibility bestowed upon him. He successfully maintained the Army’s Airborne Infantry Regiment by serving as a Squad Infantry Leader who jumped into combat with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team on March 26, 2003. This Airborne Ranger and also Jumpmaster became the true honest broker of soldiers in 2005 and earned him respect within the Career Counselor Community, with other soldiers and families, and the Army. His success, integrity, and dedication has led to a career culminating as a Brigade Senior Career Counselor for the 6th Recruiting Brigade, where he faithfully served as a trusted advisor to leaders, and a mentor to soldiers.
Master Sergeant (ret) Ortiz has served with, the 2nd Brigade Parachutist Infantry Regiment, 4/325 Airborne Battalion, and 82nd Airborne Division, A CO., 1-508th Airborne Infantry Battalion, 1st Brigade PIR, B CO., 3-504 Battalion, and 82nd Airborne Division, the 173rd Airborne Combat Team, 20th Engineer Airborne Brigade and the 525 Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. Amid these many assignments, MSG Ortiz’ (ret) warrior spirit has never wavered as he displayed courage and selfless service throughout almost five years of operational deployments. Ortiz served in support of the Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. His outstanding performance, inspirational leadership, and steadfast devotion to duty resulted in continuous success wherever he served no matter what hardship ensued. He was on his way to his last promotion and to serve another 10 years of active duty but instead chose to retire to find a way to intervene with our Warfighters. He wanted to do everything possible to help provide the best mental health treatment, family counseling, and financial planning to our American Warfighters.
"When our combat Veterans return home, they deserve the best support we can give them, which includes a much-needed vacation," Ortiz said. "We are a family foundation that works for the reintegration for all service members on active duty and veterans who have served the United States of America. We understand the importance of warfighters getting rest and relaxation for their mental health and safety. We also offer treatment programs designed around the warfighter who may think everything is okay. We provide the best psychologist during their decompression in a tailored environment, discussed ahead of time with the warfighter during the coordination phase. We provide a team of professionally trained staff at the agreed destination which, financially, will be completely covered by Warfighters R&R. We will also treat any other conditions such as substance abuse and addiction, which can undermine treatment."
Ortiz shared that being diagnosed with a mental illness does not signify the end of a normal life. In reality, for those who receive the correct treatment, living with a mental illness is possible. There are multiple forms of mental illnesses and disorders, which is why a treatment method needs to be tailored to the individual. Warfighters R&R will establish a treatment plan built for the warfighter and based on multiple forms of therapy and holistic treatment methods. The focus of treatment is to help the warfighter re-adjust to society through a network of support. That network of support starts with Warfighters R&R.
"Warfighters R&R will employ thousands of warfighters’ to use the skill, experience, and leadership they once enforced leaving no one behind," Ortiz said. "Once the warfighter receives an adequate evaluation, he/she will take on the world and feel the same purpose as when they joined the military to support and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Ortiz offers some great advice for aspiring entrepreneurs as well as soldiers returning from battle looking to get into entrepreneurship. "Entrepreneurs must take their passion and mix it with education in order to advance their communication, critical thinking, problem solving and innovation skills," he said. "Education is the fuel of success. Our American Warfighters must invest long-term (Roth IRA), live within their pay grade and prepare to be financially free upon completion of service. This will give them the time required to focus on the creation of their organization and also to become a change agent to improve the cause and/or movement that their heart yearns for. I've never had a job. Find a career!"
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