4F Foundation
4F Foundation

Recipients

Joshua Hotaling

Joshua Hotaling

2014 Recipient

Joshua, a Marine Corps veteran, exhibited remarkable courage and resilience throughout his service and subsequent recovery. Despite sustaining severe injuries, including traumatic brain injury and multiple amputations, Joshua remained committed to his military duty. His journey, from serving with Presidential Security Services to enduring life-threatening incidents in Afghanistan, showcases the sacrifices made by veterans like him.

Following his retirement from the Marine Corps in 2013, Joshua’s unwavering determination and positive mindset inspired those around him. His story serves as a testament to the resilience of injured veterans, highlighting the need for ongoing support and recognition of their sacrifices. Today, Joshua resides in Loomis, California, with his family, embodying the spirit of courage and perseverance that defines the veteran community.

Jordan Stevenson

Jordan Stevenson

2017 Recipient

Jordan Stevenson, a native of Elk Grove, California, served in the Navy as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician for 7 years, primarily locating and disposing of underwater mines and bombs. During his deployment to Afghanistan with the 3rd/75th Rangers in 2011, he sustained a gunshot wound to the head, resulting in severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and hemiparalysis on his right side. Despite facing immense challenges, Jordan underwent extensive rehabilitation at the Palo Alto VA, eventually learning to walk again. However, ongoing issues with his ankle led him to explore the possibility of amputation, which he underwent in 2016. Today, Jordan resides in Elk Grove with his wife Sarah and their three children, embodying resilience and determination in the face of adversity.

Julian Torres

Julian Torres

2017 Recipient

Sergeant Julian P. Torres, a proud Californian, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps shortly after high school in 2007, specializing as an Infantry Machine Gunner. Throughout his service, he exemplified dedication, serving with the renowned 2nd Battalion 6th Marines. However, his life took a dramatic turn during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan when he lost both legs due to combat injuries in 2010. Despite this life-altering event, Julian’s remarkable resilience and determination led to rapid progress in his recovery, achieving significant milestones within a year of his injury, a testament to his unwavering spirit.

Today, Julian resides with his wife Ashley and their two children in California. Their enduring bond and Julian’s commitment to service reflect his remarkable journey of overcoming adversity and embody the spirit of resilience cherished within the veteran community.

Jake Keeslar

Jacque Keeslar

2018 Recipient

Jacque J. Keeslar, born in Modesto, California, began his military journey in 1990 by joining the US Army. Over the years, he served with dedication and distinction, with notable assignments including roles as a Cavalry Scout and a Cold Weather Instructor in Alaska. Despite facing adversity, such as severe injuries sustained from an IED explosion in Iraq in 2006, Keeslar demonstrated resilience and commitment to service, continuing his active duty and receiving numerous awards for his valor and dedication.

Following his retirement in 2011, Keeslar pursued a new passion in professional golf management, earning his Associates Degree from The Professional Golfers Career College in Temecula, California. Today, he resides in Fallbrook, California, with his wife Vanessa and their beloved Golden Retriever, Lucy, embodying the values of perseverance and service embraced by veterans.

Matthew Sullivan

Matthew Sullivan

2018 Recipient

Matthew Sullivan, a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard, transitioned to the U.S. Army in 2008, serving with the 82nd Airborne Division. During his deployment to Afghanistan in 2010, Matthew narrowly escaped a devastating encounter with IEDs while awaiting transportation. Following his injuries, he underwent extensive treatment and rehabilitation, eventually meeting his wife Audrey at Naval Medical Center San Diego before his medical retirement from the Army in 2011. Today, Matthew resides in Sacramento with his family and works for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, embodying resilience and determination in the face of adversity.