VET2VET: Fighting the Good Fight

By Mike Smith

“A lot of vets have a hard time receiving their benefits. It’s a struggle. It’s a big fight; you need to fight for your benefits,” says Rob Ortiz, U.S. Marine veteran and CEO of VET2VET Veteran Education and Fitness Training. Since 2014, VET2VET has been fighting for the rights of active and non-active service members at the Simi Valley Town Center. A division of Kid Gloves Boxing Foundation, VET2VET is a unique peer networking outreach for veterans, armed forces members and their families. VET2VET offers education, training and advocacy beyond what is most normally found in the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and other important veterans groups.

“We help prepare kids for boot camp too. I always say, ‘listen, always have a track: something to fall back on. You’re still a Marine, even if you have to go to sick bay.’” As a vet with a service-connected injury who had difficulty claiming his benefits, Rob Ortiz imparts the wisdom he gained to others so they don’t have it so difficult. The importance of having a backup plan is in every aspect of VET2VET’s training and education services. The people of VET2VET help vets and their families create and improve upon their plans at every turn. With Ortiz’s help and that of others like him, the same adaptive resilience a boxer needs to win in the ring comes through in the benefits assistance plans VET2VET creates regularly.

Rob Ortiz and his fellow champions go ‘out in front’ for veterans and their families, beyond training at VET2VET’s training center in Simi Valley. Last month, VET2VET fed seventy-five veterans in need Simi, among them three Purple Heart recipients.  But the support, healing and strengthening that defines VET2VET and its people is expressed in multiple ways. “We can talk amongst each other; we understand,” emphasized Ortiz. “It’s a place where guys can go, at no cost, to speak with other vets who can understand each other.” Though an expert boxer and accomplished trainer, Rob Ortiz never forgets where he came from—the same good fight others fought for him in his time of need, lives on today through the good fight he and others so selflessly fight.

In November, VET2VET and Kid Gloves Boxing will be honoring our vets and their families at the Simi Valley Town Center: ‘They Fought For Us; We Fight For Them’—a combination boxing/Mixed Martial Arts event including Purple Heart recipients. VET2VET is a Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) organization. To learn more about VET2VET, please visit, and VET2VET’s Veteran Education and Training Fitness Center at 1555 Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA Suite 230.

Mike Smith is a writer, Millennial and nationalist conservative living in Camarillo. He reasons through the written word so clarity can outdo agreement. He desires a government strong enough to protect America, even from itself, so leftism fails.

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