Veteran Liaison, Board Member
Veteran Army Sergeant Odin Ayala served our country for eight years and continues to actively serve the veteran military community. Born and raised in Southern California, Odin was the youngest of three, raised by his incredible single mother Sylvia Irene Dozal. Growing up, Odin was always active in sports, but his favorite sport to play was football. Ever since he could remember, he has always been patriotic, and after two years in college – Odin decided to join the U.S. Army. During his time of service, he first served for four years as a part of the 3/13th artillery unit then went on to serve as a part of the 1/5 infantry battalion, 1/25 SBCT Infantry Division. During his eight years of service, Sergeant Ayala was in three deployments: Iraq 2005 for twelve months, Iraq 2008 for fifteen months, and Afghanistan 2011 for six months.
On September 2011 while on patrol in Afghanistan, Odin stepped on an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). The explosion caused amputation of both his legs above his knees and amputation of his left-hand index finger due to shrapnel. He was evacuated by helicopter to Craig Joint Theater Hospital in Bagram before finally ending up at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He awoke in Texas four days after the blast and remained there for nearly seven weeks before being transferred to Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego to complete his recuperation.
In 2015 Odin married his beautiful wife and childhood friend he’s known since 6th grade. In 2016 they had their firstborn daughter and two years later their son was born. Today Odin is an avid sports fan, completing his degree in web design at San Diego State University, and serves as an active Board Member and Veteran Liaison for the Stand for Vets / The Mark Hodel Veteran’s Foundation.