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Board, Staff & Trainers

Michael Montemayor

Michael Montemayor

Michael, a Bronze Star medal recipient, is SBF’s Veteran Services Specialist and a service dog trainer.  He was born in the Philippines but raised in California.  After 9/11, Michael joined the United States Marine Corps as a machine gunner in the infantry.  He also spent time in the Army Reserve as a combat medic.  Michael did three combat tours in Iraq and was medically retired after ten years of services due to TBI and PTS.  For numerous years Michael lived with the adverse side effects from the medications he was on, when he decided to seek alternative forms of therapy.  In 2015 he was paired with a service dog and by 2018 he was able to go off all medications.

Click to read: Sergeant Michael Montemayor awarded Bronze Star medal, with combat distinguishing device

Click to read: Sergeant Michael Montemayor cuts the ribbon during a Hometown Heroes Campaign Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Our Impact

  • Graduate Veteran/Dog Teams


  • Rescued Arizona Homeless Dogs


  • Our Goal for Veterans Served in 2021


  • Training Hours Provided in 2020


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