Navy Reserve Petty Officer Ivy Martin recognized as GEICO Military Service Award recipient

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 30, 2013GEICO is proud to announce that Petty Officer Ivy Martin, assigned to the Navy Region Midwest, Reserve Component Command in Great Lakes, Ill., is the National Guard and Reserve component recipient of GEICO's 2012 Military Service Award. Petty Officer Martin was nominated for the award for her work in drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

Petty Officer Martin serves as a coordinator of Campaign Drug Free, a Navy volunteer program that helps educate schools, organizations and communities on the dangers of drug abuse. She led the effort to establish program coordinators at each of the Navy Operations Centers in the Midwest Region and assisted in the launching of local programs.

Since 2010 Petty Officer Martin has also worked with the Drug Education for Youth (DEFY) program, which teaches children of servicemen and servicewomen about drug and alcohol prevention, team-building and self-respect. In 2012 she helped coordinate and facilitate DEFY's annual summer camp at Volk Field Air National Guard Base in Wisconsin.

Petty Officer Martin is also a youth mentor, routinely volunteering 20 hours a month to mentor middle school and high school girls in the Kenosha, Wis., Unified School District.

GEICO chairman Tony Nicely presented Petty Officer Martin the award at a ceremony yesterday in Washington, D.C. "Many of our country's servicemen and servicewomen make tremendous efforts to improve their military and civilian communities, and GEICO is proud to honor those who might otherwise go unrecognized," Nicely said. "Petty Officer Martin has proven through her efforts in drug and alcohol abuse prevention that she is a valuable member in the community and is deserving of this honor."

The GEICO Military Service Awards, now in their 25th year, have recognized members of the U.S. military for their special achievements and contributions to the civilian and military community since 1988. For more information on this year's recipients, go to our award recipients page.

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