Retired U.S. Marine Captain Ryan Voltin always had a passion for serving our country, which motivated him to continue that service even in the face of adversity.

In January 2007, Voltin, a commissioned officer and pilot, deployed with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In May of that year, Voltin’s aircraft was directly hit by friendly fire while sitting on the ground, leaving him with severe third-degree burns, multiple fractures to his left hand, the amputation of his left leg below the knee, 3 years of medical care at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, and over 50 surgeries.

In the face of hardship and recovery, Ryan maintained a positive outlook and had the support of his wife and children to help him get through. His dream was to return to flying and serving his country, and HOPE was proud to help turn this dream into reality through our Warrior’s Wish program.

Today, Voltin flies helicopters and airplanes, supporting land and sea operations dedicated to border security. He has served the Department of Homeland Security in southern New Mexico and Puerto Rico. He still currently resides in the San Diego area, with his wife, Pam, and their four children.