Founded by Navy Cross recipient Scott Montoya following his unsuccessful attempt at navigating existing “Canine battle buddy” focused charities, he passionately recruited fellow Navy Cross recipients JD Lehew and RJ Mitchell, along with Joe Preis, Tom Brown, Joe Mauthe, and Tom Peck as trusted servants of our cause.
The entire Board is focused on “giving back” in an effort to contribute to our Nation’s promise of leaving “no man behind” on the battlefield, or the life that follows for those veterans who struggle with isolation and despair following combat service.
Scott is a veteran of Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and earned the Navy Cross during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He served for 10 years in the United States Marine Corps on active duty and in the reserves and retired after 20 years in Law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff.
He is the President of the 1st Marine Division Association – Orange County California Chapter (as of the date of this publication), an AKC certified evaluator, and has completed a lengthy service dog handler’s course. Scott’s “Canine battle buddy” is the “World’s greatest” German Shepard named Schatzi. He is the President and founder of Faithful Service for Veterans.
Tom is a former infantry officer of Marines. He recently retired after over 28 years of service as an FBI agent. Tom’s son followed in his footsteps into our Corps – and is currently serving in Hawaii. He is a husband, father of three and his “Canine battle buddy” is a Terrier/Daschund mix named “Blackjack”.
JD is one of the most highly decorated Marines alive and retired as a Sergeant Major in 2018. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1993 and multiple tours during the War on Terror in Iraq between 2003-2010. He was awarded the Navy Cross and Bronze Star (with “V”) for valor in combat in Iraq in 2003 and 2004 respectively.
During his distinguished 31-year career he served as the enlisted head of the United States Marine Corps Training and Education Command; served in the Assault Amphibian, Infantry and Reconnaissance fields and as a Drill Instructor and Chief Academics Instructor. JD currently also serves (as of the date of this publication) as the Chief Operating Officer for the World’s most successful private MIA search and recovery organization, History Flight.
He is also the current Junior Vice Commander of America’s oldest military service organization, The Legion of Valor, made up of recipients of America’s highest award holders for valor in combat. There is also an obstacle named after him which all Marine recruits must master in bootcamp, called “LeHew’s Challenge”. He is happily married, a father and a grandfather, and his “Canine battle buddy” is a gorgeous German Shepherd names “Koda”.
Joe is a former Sergeant of Marines, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of California and a member of both the American Institute of CPA’s and the California Society of CPA’s and holds a master’s degree in Taxation. He had a distinguished 32-year career with Deloitte Tax, LLP where he served in a variety of national leadership positions including overall responsibility as Strategic Partner and Managing Director for acquisitions in the U.S. tax practice.
Joe is now on the Board of Directors for organizations that support military veterans, climate change and child advocacy. He is also an Advisory Board Member to the College of Business Administration (CBA) at Loyola Marymount University where he provides career advice to students as they enter the job market.
Joe also started a scholarship foundation in 2007 to bridge the gap between what the original GI Bill paid and what college costs.
RJ is a recipient of the Navy Cross for valor at the Battle of Fallujah as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, three purple hearts and numerous other awards. During his four-year enlistment he deployed twice to fight in Iraq. RJ and his family later moved to Arizona where he studied and received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) and now works as a Mechanical Engineer (power generation) for the Arizona Public Service Company. He was also an active volunteer at the Pat Tillman Veteran’s Center at ASU. He is happily married, the father of two, and his “Canine battle buddy” is a beautiful Belgian Malinois named “Athena”.
Joe is a former Sergeant of Marines. He enlisted right out of high school in 1990, and served through 1994, and again from 2002 to 2005 (reserves), including service in Operations Desert Storm (Persian Gulf), Fiery Vigil (Philippines), Continue Hope, Show Care and More Care (Somalia). After leaving active service in 1994, Joe attended college followed by law school, and re-enlisted in the Marine reserves following the attacks on 9-11. He formerly practiced law at a large international law firm before breaking away and forming Godes & Preis, LLP in 2010.
Active in the community, Joe has served on numerous charitable boards, and is the co-founder and president of the Soldiers of the Sea, Band of Brothers, Inc., an organization dedicated to bridging the gap between Southern California’s business and military communities. He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the Military Order of the Carabao in Washington, D.C. He is happily married, a father of six, and his “Canine battle buddy” is a handsome French bulldog named “Vito”.
Tom is a 1989 United States Naval Academy graduate and former officer in the United States Marine Corps where he had a distinguished career inclusive of both operational and headquarters assignments. He is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Persian Gulf) and Operation Sea Angel (Bangladesh). His support for veterans is unwavering.
In addition to serving on the board of Faithful Service for Veterans he has also CFO and Treasurer for the Veterans Park Conservancy (VPC) — a Los Angeles based non-profit focused on advancing causes for the 85k veterans that use the 400-acre campus. Tom is a recognized technology executive and member of the Chief Information Officer Hall of Fame. He currently serves as the Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Digital Officer for Sysco – a Texas-based global food distribution company with 2020 revenue of $52B. He is a father of three and his “Canine battle buddy” is the coolest American Straffordshire Terrier – American Bulldog mix named “Talulah”.