Pepe Ramirez is President and founder of Combat Vets Helping Combat Vets. He was born in the Philippines, grew up in the south side of Chicago, and graduated high school in Houston, Texas. He served three tours in Iraq while on active duty in the US Marine Corps. After twenty years he retired at the rank of Sergeant Major (SgtMaj). He attended Jungle Environment Survival Training (JEST), Marine Combat Instructor Trainer of Water Survival, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (Black belt instructor), and Mountain Warfare Training.