As the daughter of a Marine Corps veteran and the step-mom of a former Navy serviceman, fighting for our veterans is more than an issue for Governor Martinez – it’s a value.
Governor Martinez secured funding to establish four veterans cemeteries in Gallup, Fort Stanton, Angel Fire, and Carlsbad that are dedicated to veterans and their families who live in rural areas throughout New Mexico. These cemeteries will allow those who have served our country to be buried closer to home and the family members of our veterans to more easily travel to and from their loved one’s gravesite.
Helping Veterans Find Jobs and Create Businesses
Under Governor Martinez, the New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center has helped entrepreneurial-minded veterans start and expand small businesses. It was named #1 in the nation by the U.S. Small Business Administration and has helped create 199 veteran-owned businesses since she took office in 2011.
In 2012, Governor Martinez signed into a law a bill that gives preference to veteran-owned businesses when they seek to contract with the state government. She has also signed into law bills designed to help veterans find jobs, including providing a tax credit to businesses who hire returning veterans.
Honoring our veterans and their service has been and continues to be a priority of Governor Martinez.