Karalyn (Kara) Martin is a Marine Corps veteran from Texas. She enlisted in the USMC at age 17. Kara was an Aviation Hydraulic Structural Mechanic. She served 5-1/2 years, one forward deployment to Iwakuni, Japan, and one combat deployment – Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011. She overcame many obstacles while in the military and upon her honorable discharge she obtained a cosmetology license, a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a Master’s degree in Social Work, concentrating on veterans’ services and mental health issues. She serves on the South Mountain Vet US board and is an ambassador for Air Power Foundation and Holidays & Heroes. Karalyn is also active in many other veteran non-profits throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and our nation. Karalyn has also volunteered as a coach for youth baseball with a local nonprofit recreational league for five seasons. Karalyn is currently Miss Texas America’s Select Veteran 2023. She is a wife, a mother of Irish twins, and a great mom to her two dogs. Helping her fellow Veterans is truly her passion in life.