Martin Caraway

Martin Caraway

Strategic Advisor and Veterans Service Officer Liaison, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Martin Caraway currently serves as the Strategic Advisor and VSO Liaison for the Office of the Undersecretary of Benefits (OUSB). Martin is responsible for strategic collaboration with Veteran Service Organizations (VSO), private bars, and intergovernmental (State and County) executives across the nation. He advises senior executives within the OUSB on matters raised by VSO executives and is responsible for timely communication for all VBA matters related to service organizations.

Prior to this role, Martin served as the Strategic Advisor and Stakeholder Liaison for the Chairman of the Board of Veterans Appeals, where he was responsible for external communication and managing timely legal submissions to the Board.

Before beginning Federal service, Martin was the County Veteran Service Officer for Redwood County, Minnesota. Responsible for advocating for the Veterans of Redwood County for Veterans benefits, healthcare, and other federal and state benefits, he was charged with leading outreach efforts to the community to raise awareness of Veteran issues throughout the community. While in this position, he volunteered with the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers (NACVSO) and held many positions, from Legislative Director to 1st Vice President. He has testified on numerous bills and issues before Congress and state legislatures. He served an integral part in drafting the Appeals Modernization Act, the most extensive reform in VA policy history related to the claims and appeals process.  

Martin is a former Marine with two combat deployments in Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003, 2004-05). In his free time, he plays competitive golf; most notably, he is the Captain of Team USA, Simpson Cup, a Ryder Cup-inspired tournament between 13 disabled Veterans from the USA vs. 13 disabled Veterans from Great Britain. He is married to Lindsey Caraway, and they have two children.