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Jodi Martinez

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

I’m very proud to be part of a heritage of four generations of military service—with my grandpa, my dad, me, and my son. To me, service in the military opened up a new world, for both good and bad. I’m grateful for all the new things I learned as a U.S. Air Force medic, such as suturing a wound, making a cast, and giving injections. I appreciated the chance to grow professionally and the opportunity to help people. Although I faced many challenges, overall, I met some great people, developed discipline, and learned how to keep my mouth shut. In recent years, I started struggling with an autoimmune disease called Crohn’s Disease. Although I’m no longer able to work or carry on our family’s tradition of military service, I still try to help people. For example, whenever possible, I smile at others. Mother Teresa once said, “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”

Jodi's ArtPrize Entries

These are Jodi's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

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    Teal Enlightenment

    2021 ArtPrize Entry Jodi Martinez
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