The namesake for our organization, Claudio Patiño IV is in honor of a United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 22, 2010. Corporal Patiño was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor (posthumously), the Purple Heart Medal and also awarded a Navy Achievement Medal with Valor during an earlier combat deployment.
His family, teammates and fellow Scout Snipers have joined forces to ensure that his sacrifice is not forgotten, and have launched this effort in his name.
Behind the Nux4Life Emblem
The Claudio Patiño IV, Nux4Life Foundation Logo has a deep and symbolic meaning. The logo represents the things that made Claudio a hero. The “Nux” represents brass knuckles which Claudio had tattooed on his chest representing his mother’s tough love.
To honor Claudio, his platoon decided to also wear the brass knuckles and share the respect he carried on their own bodies. To honor Claudio’s sacrifice and his sniper platoon’s loyalty, The Claudio Patiño IV, Nux 4 Life Foundation was established June 22, 2010.
Our mission is to give back to those that have lost a loved one or sacrificed their blood, sweat and tears in support of our great nation. We hope to reach out and support those in need of some peace of mind. Our goal is to mend the mind, body, and soul.
Claudio Patiño IV
Claudio Patiño IV was born in Placentia, California and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. In 2006, shortly after graduating from El Dorado High School, he volunteered to be part of the Scout Sniper Platoon and was selected to attend Scout Sniper School. Claudio was a graduate of the 1st Marine Division Scout Sniper School and was forward deployed multiple times in support of Operations Enduring Freedom. He served with the Scout Sniper Platoons of both 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, and 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines. His personal awards include the Bronze Star with Valor Distinguishing Device, Purple Heart Medal, Navy Achievement Medal with Valor Distinguishing Device, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Stars, Global War On Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, NATO-ISAF Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two stars.
The heroism, courage and leadership displayed by Corporal Claudio Patiño IV reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Marine Corps, and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country and his friends.
The Saddleback Valley Chapter of American Gold Star Mothers
The Saddleback Valley Chapter of American Gold Star Mothers supports so many different organizations, like “Wounded Warriors”, “Cooling Vests”, “Operation Gratitude”, “Fisher House”, “Honor Flights”, Saddleback Valley Chapter Cookbook of our children’s favorite foods, and our very own “Blanket Project”! We make and send our blankets to our military in German Hospitals, Walter Reed Medical Center, Iraq and we will be sending some with our WWII Vets on their “Honor Flights” to Washington D.C.
11th Marine expeditionary unit
Our goal is to generate community wide support for the Marines and sailors of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, MEU, and the families of Yorba Linda. Becoming a Sponsorship member helps us meet our demands to carry out these goals. All funds go towards supporting the Marines and Sailors of the 11th M.E.U. and their families. Become a member today and helps us care for our military.
We adapt, and customize a combat wounded Veteran’s vehicle, so they can continue doing the things they enjoy, while their vehicle reflects their individual personality.
We invite ill, injured and combat wounded Veterans to participate in our recreational therapy trips. These adventures include shooting at ranges, participating in Lucas Oil Off Road events, our out door adventures with our Polaris RZRs.
We work with other like minded nonprofits, businesses and individuals to ensure the Veteran gets the best experience possible.
Marine Scout Snipers
The Nux4Life Foundation will continue its tradition of awarding the Claudio Patiño IV Scholarship to the family members of fallen Marine Scout Snipers and other heroes who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Nux4Life is committed to giving back to those who have served and continue to serve.
If you would like to help, you can contribute by donating to Nux4Life.